Gray 4-year-old dies after being ejected in Casco accident


CASCO — Police said a 4-year-old boy from Gray died Tuesday morning when he was ejected from a car after it hit a telephone pole on Route 11.

Police said it’s not clear whether the boy, identified as Cameron Peterson, was in a child safety seat. 

According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Minson, 28, of Gray was driving a Honda Civic west at around 5:55 a.m. when he lost control of the Civic after it passed another vehicle, crossed the centerline, left the road, struck a utility pole and split it in two.

Minson and the boy’s mother, Crystal Peterson, 27, also of Gray, were seriously injured in the crash. Minson was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to a news release.

Peterson suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Bridgton Hospital, then to Maine Medical Center. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by crash reconstructionists from Windham. 

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