Fatal crash investigation continues

SURRY — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate a three-vehicle fatal crash that claimed the life of Kathleen Anderson, 66, of Ellsworth on the Surry Road July 28. The crash occurred around 5:35 p.m.

Lt. Tim Cote said the crash occurred when a westbound 2019 Subaru Outback tried to pass several vehicles and, while re-entering the westbound lane, struck a westbound 2016 Honda Civic, which caused the car to roll over. The Subaru then spun sideways and struck an eastbound 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Anderson, in the eastbound lane before rolling over and skidding on its roof, Cote said.

Anderson died at the scene, the lieutenant said.

Thomas Bugbee, 62, of Blue Hill was driving the Subaru, police said. Daniel T. McLaughlin, 36, of Somerville, Mass., was operating the Honda Civic.

Bugbee, McLaughlin and McLaughlin’s passenger, Tara Fortunato, 38, of Tewksbury, Mass., were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“The cause and contributing factors of the accident remain under investigation,” Cote said.

District Attorney Matt Foster said his office will review the case once the Sheriff’s Office is finished with its investigation.

The primary investigating officer is Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo, police said. Gionfriddo was assisted at the scene by Cote, Chief Deputy Patrick Kane, Deputy Hunter Fernald and Sgt. Dan Harlan of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies also were assisted at the scene by members of the Surry and Ellsworth fire departments, along with Peninsula and Northern Light ambulance services. The accident will be reconstructed by Detective Jacob Day of the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Trooper Joshua Lander of the Maine State Police.

Jennifer Osborn

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