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Police identify Bangor woman who died in 3-vehicle crash on Broadway

Bangor fatal vehicle crash

Bangor police investigate a three car crash on Broadway that took the life of one person on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Bangor Daily News Photo by Kevin Bennett)

Bangor Fatal crash on broadway

Bangor firefighters look under a vehicle that was involved in a three-vehicle fatal accident in front of Gifford’s Ice Cream on Broadway in Bangor on Sunday, June 10, 2012. – Kevin Bennett | BDN

BANGOR, Maine — A 72-year-old local man was speeding out Broadway about 6 p.m. Sunday when he struck one car and then smashed head-on into another, killing his wife, who was his passenger, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“Speed does seem to be a factor,” the sergeant said Sunday night, just feet from where the crash occurred near Kev-Lan at the junction of Broadway and Burleigh Road.

Ralph Morrison, 72, was driving and Diane Morrison, 68, died as a result of the crash that involved eight people, seven of whom were sent to area hospitals, the sergeant said in press releases.

Morrison was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center. “His condition is not known at this time,” said Edwards, who described his condition as “incapacitated” and unable to answer questions on Sunday night. Police have not yet interviewed Morrison, the sergeant said Monday.

Accident scene in Bangor fatal crash

Bangor police investigate a three-vehicle crash on Broadway that took the life of one person on Sunday, June 10, 2012. – Kevin Bennett | BDN

Morrison’s 2007 Hyundai minivan first struck a 2000 Toyota by Bangor resident Wynona Butera, 71 who also was outbound on Broadway. Her passengers, Evelyn Dowdy, 71, and Mary Cox, 90, were either transported by ambulance or went to local hospitals on their own, the sergeant said.

“Morrison’s vehicle careened off the 2000 Toyota and struck a third vehicle head-on that was traveling south on Broadway at the intersection — a 2002 GMC operated by 46-year-old Lisa Pelkey of Eddington,” Edwards said in a Monday morning news release. “Her passengers, 47-year-old Raymond Pelkey and 11-year-old Alyssa Pelkey, along with Lisa, were all transported to EMMC Emergency Room and their conditions are also unknown at this time.”

Police are investigating why Morrison went out of control — if it was driver error or a problem with the vehicle — as they do with all fatal crashes. The police department’s accident reconstruction team, which spent hours Sunday night recording the scene, and criminal investigations division are investigating.

One eyewitness said Morrison’s vehicle “clipped that car there and went out of control” and another said, “I heard screeching and looked out my passenger window and the SUV was straight up in the air. The next second the SUV was rolling over and glass was everywhere. It happened so quickly.”

Police are still looking for people who witnessed the fatal crash or have information about it. Those with information about the ongoing investigation are asked to contact the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The anonymous tip line can be accessed by pressing extension 6.

Source: Bangor Daily News

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