NAPLES – Three people were seriously injured Friday night after a head-on collision on Harrison Road that followed a less severe crash minutes earlier in Harrison.
At about 6 p.m., a car driven by Shane Faulkingham, 21, of Woburn, Mass., crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound car driven by Catherine Carter, 55, of Harrison.
Police said Faulkingham had been speeding away from the scene of another wreck, that one at the intersection of Harrison Road and Cape Monday Road in Harrison.
Faulkingham, operating a Toyota Camry, drove roughly a mile away into Naples before losing control of the car and colliding with Carter's Pontiac, police said.
Carter was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with injuries described by Cumberland County Sheriff's officials as life-threatening.
Faulkingham and a passenger, Randall W. Parker, 20, of Woburn, were taken to Bridgton Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, police said. Faulkingham was later moved to CMMC by helicopter.
Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which remained under investigation on Saturday.
Police said that when Faulkingham crashed, he had been speeding away from the earlier wreck during which his car collided with a truck driven by Christopher Matthews, 39, of Westbrook.
Matthews and a passenger, 38-year-old Bruce O'Donal, of Naples, suffered minor injuries in that collision.
While a deputy was responding to the first crash, he received reports of the second, more serious accident, a mile down the road.
Police said each of the victims in the second crash had to be extricated from the vehicles.
The accident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies, the Detective Division and members of the Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team. The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office was notified of the crash.
The Friday night accident came less than a day after a man was killed in a rollover crash on Thompson Cove Road in Naples.