WILTON — Police continue to investigate the reason a Farmington man crossed the centerline, causing a head-on collision Friday on Route 2 near the First Apostolic Church.

Two witnesses to the accident told police that Richard Harvey, 79, crossed the centerline, but police have not determined why, Wilton Sgt. Chad Abbott said Monday.

Because of the level of care he’s receiving, police have not been able to talk with Harvey about the accident, police Chief Heidi Wilcox said Tuesday.

Harvey, who was driving a 2013 Chrysler van, crossed the centerline and drove into the path of a vehicle that swerved out of the way.

Claudette Hutchins, 61, of Lewiston was driving a 2010 Hyundai sport utility vehicle and was following the vehicle that swerved. She attempted to avoid a collision with Harvey, but did not have time enough, Wilton officer Derek Daley told the Sun Journal on Saturday.

Hutchins died while being transported by a NorthStar ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital.


A LifeFlight medical helicopter transported Harvey to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

A CMMC spokesman could neither confirm nor deny anything about Harvey, including his condition or whether he was a patient Tuesday morning.

Passengers in Hutchins’ vehicle, Claire Bergeron, 63, of Lewiston and her granddaughter, Taylor Bergeron, 16, also of Lewiston were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Claire Bergeron was later moved to CMMC and was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon. 

On Tuesday, a CMMC spokesman said Bergeron was in fair condition.

Taylor Bergeron was treated and released from FMH on Friday night but was later readmitted to a hospital due to complications, Wilcox said. Wilcox believed she has since been released.

A passenger in Harvey’s vehicle, Angela Harvey, 80, of Farmington, was also taken to FMH with injuries. Police say she was released Saturday morning.

Emergency personnel, including members of the Wilton Fire Department, Farmington Fire and Rescue and Jay Fire Department, helped at the scene, Abbott said.


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