Sunday, May 26, 2013
BY CRAIG CROSBY Staff Writer
Justin Nauman, 30, of Landisville, Pa., was listed in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to a hospital spokesman.
Nauman was transferred to the Portland hospital after he was initially taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with what police had described as serious injuries.
A passenger in Nauman's car, Kristle Kraft, 21, of Lancaster, Pa., was being treated at CMMC, where she was listed in good condition Wednesday.
Two other drivers involved in the crash, Neil Tobey, 75, of Richmond, and Erica Kilde, 32, of Gardiner, were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
Kilde was treated and released, according to a MaineGeneral spokeswoman Diane Peterson. Tobey was treated at MaineGeneral and transferred to another hospital, but Peterson said she could not specify where Tobey was taken.
Kraft's Facebook page indicates Nauman is her partner and that the couple have a young son together.
The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Farmingdale Fire Department at 296 Maine Ave. Investigators believe Nauman was driving his 2003 Volkswagen sedan north on Maine Avenue at a high rate of speed, said Capt. Daniel Davies, of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office. The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph.
"Nauman apparently attempted to pass a vehicle by using the oncoming lane," Davies said. "The vehicle he was passing had stopped to make a left turn."
Nauman's Volkswagen collided head-on with Tobey's southbound 2006 GMC Envoy, Davies said. Kilde, driving a southbound 2000 Mercury Sable, was unable to avoid the crash and rear-ended Tobey's sport utility vehicle.
"The vehicle that Nauman was passing was not struck by any of those involved in the actual crash," Davies said.
Davies said Wednesday that the crash remained under investigation.
"Speed is definitely a factor in this collision," Davies said. "Other contributing factors will be looked into as the inquiry continues."
Davies said firefighters were meeting in the adjacent station when the crash occurred.
"This afforded the first responders the opportunity for an extremely quick response that may have contributed to saving the lives of the individuals involved," Davies said.
Craig Crosby -- 621-5642