Maine Woman Charged With OUI After Wrong-Way Head-on Crash
A 30-year-old woman from Waterville is in legal trouble after she was allegedly driving under the influence and hit two vehicles on I-295.
According to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety, just after 9 a.m. Thursday, September 28, the Augusta Regional Communications Center started getting calls about a silver minivan driving erratically on I-295.
The callers reported that the vehicle, which was traveling in the northbound lane:
had pulled over in the median at mile marker 24 in Freeport. At approximately 9:09 am, the Augusta RCC received complaints of a minivan that was stopping on the highway and then went off the road into the median near mile marker 28 in Brunswick.
The vehicle reportedly left the scene before Maine State Troopers were able to arrive.
The vehicle was later discovered near mile marker 20 on the southbound side of I-295. The press release seems to indicate that she was driving the wrong way on I-295. Because of this, she struck two vehicles head-on.
The first vehicle was a box van owned by a New Hampshire flooring company. The driver of that vehicle, 37-year-old Travis Mullins (of York), was treated for cuts and scratches at the scene.
The second vehicle struck was a Ford Transit van operated by 56-year-old Jose Menara of Massachusetts. Menara had to be taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He reportedly has non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the minivan, 30-year-old Marina Kinney of Waterville was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Kinney has been charged with Operating Under The Influence.
The interstate was closed for just under 2 hours. The investigation is ongoing.
State police were assisted by the Freeport Police Department and Freeport Fire and EMS.