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Reported in the Bangor Daily News, November 1, 2010

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — A 24-year-old man who was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday was listed in critical condition at a Bangor hospital on Monday.

Robert Tardiff of Frenchville was flown by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center after the accident, which occurred about 2:10 p.m. Sunday on Paradis Lane in Frenchville, Sgt. Forrest Dudley of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

On September 21, 2010, the U. . Department of Transportation hosted the second National Distracted Driving Summit. The purpose of the summit was to discuss challenges and opportunities facing national anti-distracted driving regulation efforts.

In recent years, a movement has been gaining momentum to address the problems that distraction behind the wheel can cause. Much of the media has been focused particularly on cell phone use and texting, however, other examples include eating, being overtired, or putting on makeup while driving. Even Oprah Winfrey has joined the effort. Oprah’s No Phone Zone

According to the government website that has been established for this campaign, in 2008, almost 20% of all crashes were caused by distracted driving. Talking on a phone, whether holding it in your hand or using a hands free device, is the equivalent of driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. In other words, the same as driving drunk. www.distraction.gov.

Reported in the Bangor Daily News October 5, 2010

The setting sun was cited as a factor in a rear-end crash Tuesday that brought westbound traffic on Interstate 395 to a near halt during the busy evening commute.

The accident happened about 6 p.m., soon after a vehicle that was not involved started to take the Route 202 exit but veered back onto the highway after coming to a near stop, Sgt. William Sheehan of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday night. That, he said, caused drivers behind it to slow down to a near stop as well.

Reported by Kennebec Journal on September 6, 2010

CARTHAGE — A 36-year-old Wales man died and four others were taken to the hospital Monday after two pickup trucks crashed on Route 142. Tolga Ozkur ran through a stop sign and crashed his 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck into a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck at 10:06 a.m. Ozkur died at the scene, according to Franklin County Deputy David Rackliffe.

The driver of the other pickup truck was Troy McCormick of Wilton. He, his infant daughter and passenger Ashlee Cote were all taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Reported by WABI-TV5 News Desk

June 23rd 2010

Police have determined who was driving the vehicle that was involved in a fatal accident in Enfield last week. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by 38-year old Leanna Lancaster went off Route 2 last Tuesday night. Lancaster’s passengers, 24-year old Kourtney Grindle Murray and 18-year old Christina Pegg, both of Greenbush, were pronounced dead at the scene. A police officer driving by discovered the crash just before 9:30. Sgt. Scott Young says it appears the car was heading south when it strayed into the northbound lane and crashed into a tree. Lancaster, also of Greenbush, was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Police are still investigatiing the cause of the accident.

Reported by Bangor Daily News Staff

WARREN, Maine — Three people were injured, one critically, after a two-car accident Tuesday, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 4:30 p.m. Howard Taggart, 58, was driving his 2000 Chevy Blazer north on Route 1 in Warren near Loons Cry Campground, when he drifted into oncoming traffic. A black 2000 Mazda MPV operated by Jess Brann, 34, was hit head on. Passengers in the Blazer were sisters Allyson Taggert, 34, and Holly Anderson, 31, according to the Sheriff’s Office. No hometowns were given for any of the victims.

Three Belfast Area High School students were injured and taken to the hospital Friday night after their car struck a tree.

The crash occurred at around 8:15 p.m. on Back Searsport Road when the 2002 Daewoo in which the three male students were riding left the road for unknown reasons and hit the tree, Sgt. Walter Corey with the Belfast Police Department said Saturday.

The names of the three victims were not released because they are all under age 18.

A two-car crash early Saturday morning in Maine took the life of one Brown graduate student, Tam Ngoc Tran GS, and injured another, President Ruth Simmons announced in a campus-wide e-mail Sunday morning. Tran, 27, one of two passengers in a car driven by Heather Lee GS, was airlifted from the scene to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, according to Maine State Police Sergeant Timothy Varney. The other passenger, Cinthya Nathalie Felix Perez, 26, died at the scene.

At 1:20 a.m. Saturday, a Ford pick-up truck driven by Jon Dow, 23, of Hampden, Maine, crossed the center line of Maine’s Route 3 and struck the vehicle driven by Lee, 28, according to Varney. Dow and Lee also sustained injuries.

The crash remains under investigation and is being reconstructed by the local sheriff’s department.

December 28, 2009: Around quarter of nine Monday night, a Ford Explorer driving north on Norridgewock Road lost contol and veered into the other lane. A Ford F-250 struck the side of the vehicle, killing Jamie Lounsbury of Fairfield. Lounsbury was a passenger in the vehicle. The male driver was hospitalized. No other names are being released at this time. Two people in the truck, a 32-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were hospitalized.

This accident is under investigation. As personal injury specialists, Peter Thompson & Associates has investigated hundreds of accidents. In almost all cases, the primary and secondary causes of collisions are disputed, resulting in the need for a comprehensive accident reconstruction. While police will often conduct an accident reconstruction, we find it frequently necessary to conduct more detailed investigations of accident scenes to determine who was at fault. Because important evidence that will be necessary to provide the most accurate investigation is often lost as time passes, it is critical that a comprehensive accident reconstruction occur as soon as possible and that all witnesses to the accident are interviewed to preserve their recollections.

Jeremiah Baker was was driving Southbound on Route 27, but, according to police reports, he was driving in the wrong lane. Police say he drove straight into the side of Jessica Bourget’s Ford Explorer. The collision ejected Baker from his vehicle. The crash crushed Bourget’s ankle and broke her leg. She was taken to Maine General Memorial Hospital in Augusta where she was treated an released.

It is unclear at this time why Mr. Baker was driving in the wrong lane. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we have investigated thousands of car crashes utilizing the very best experts in the field. It will be critical to conduct a timely investigation to preserve evidence at the accident scene and to record witness recollections of the events. Often skid marks and debris left from the vehicles will indicate not only the speed of the vehicles prior to impact, but also the direction the vehicles were headed relative to each other.