TURNER – A Turner man was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving Thursday in connection with a July 5 crash that killed an emergency paramedic and injured two others.

Christopher Boutin, 30, of Boutin Road, is accused of crashing his truck into an ambulance on Route 4 and causing the death of Allan Parsons of Wilton, a 46-year-old medic who was working on a patient at the time of the accident.

Police said it was about 3 a.m. when Boutin pulled his truck out of Potato Road and into the path of the ambulance, which was driving down Route 4 with emergency lights on.

Investigators said Boutin was drunk at the time and that he failed to yield to the ambulance.

Parsons was killed on impact, and 68-year-old Med-Care ambulance driver Arlene Greenleaf was seriously injured.

Boutin, who was driving a pickup in the early-morning crash, was also seriously hurt with head and other injuries. He remained at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for weeks following the accident.

While investigating the fatality, police took blood samples from both drivers and sent them to be tested for alcohol.

Those tests later revealed that Boutin was intoxicated when he crashed, police said. They declined to provide his precise blood-alcohol content, though the indictment states it was greater than .15 percent.

No wrongdoing was found on the part of Greenleaf as she drove the emergency vehicle from a Rumford hospital to one in Lewiston, transporting a Dixfield woman who was being treated for injuries suffered in an ATV crash.

That woman, Paula Holman, slid off a gurney when the ambulance crashed, adding injuries to the broken bones she had suffered previously.

Greenleaf and Holman have since recovered from their injuries.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department investigated the crash and forwarded its findings to the District Attorney’s Office for review. Boutin will be issued a summons to appear in court to face the charges.


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