A family vacation turned into tragedy Monday when a driver lost control of her car, then struck and killed a 9-year-old Massachusetts boy and injured three others.
Cheryl Torgerson, a 61-year-old New York City woman, lost control of her car near the water in Port Clyde, Maine, on Monday afternoon. Police said Torgerson’s car struck another vehicle, pinned a pedestrian against a building, then continued to accelerate onto the wharf and collide with six parked cars before hitting a family of four who had waiting for a ferry.
Dylan Gold, 9, was treated at the scene but ultimately died from his injuries. His mother and younger bother were airlifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland and treated for injuries, according to police. The father was still in the family’s van when the Torgerson’s car collided, and was not injured, the Kennebec Journal reported.
The scene following a fatal Maine car crash Monday. From right, Knox County Sheriff’s Lt. Kirk Guerette, Sgt. John Palmer and car driver Cheryl Torgerson of New York City.
“For this to happen up there is something that’s really hard to fathom,” Ken Cook, the family’s neighbor in Cohasset, Mass. told WCVB. “I think the whole neighborhood’s going to miss Dylan. He was such a bright, intelligent, wonderful, upbeat kid.”
The Wiscasset Newspaper reported that the victim pinned against the building was a 68-year-old local man, who was treated for injuries at an area hospital.
It was not immediately clear what caused the Torgerson to lose control of her vehicle. Torgerson told police that she doesn’t remember what happened. Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison told the Kennecbec Journal that Torgerson’s blood was tested after the crash, but that she did not seem to be impaired.
Witnesses told the newspaper that Torgerson’s vehicle collided with the family as they walked toward the water with their backs toward the oncoming car. Torgerson was not injured in the crash.
In a phone interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, Knox County Chief Deputy Timothy Carroll said that no charges had been filed in the incident, but an investigation is under way. Torgerson’s car was being inspected to determine if there had been a mechanical malfunction, and Carroll anticipated results back by the end of the week.