LEWISTON — The driver who crossed the centerline in Monday night’s four-car wreck on the Veterans Memorial Bridge is recovering from Oct. 14 brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.

Jeremy Dix, 27, of Lewiston was driving across the bridge from Lewiston to Auburn when he crossed the centerline on the Auburn side of the bridge just after 7 p.m., police said.

According to police, he was unresponsive at the scene, but his condition improved once he was taken to Central Maine Medical Center.

According to Lt. Scott Watkins of the Auburn Police Department, Dix told investigating officers the night of the crash that he did not remember what had happened.

Watkins said a follow-up interview was conducted and that Dix is cooperating fully in the investigation.

According to a hospital spokesman, Dix was listed in fair condition at noon Tuesday.

Watkins said all parties involved in the crash were wearing seat belts and that other drivers involved were taken to the hospital to be assessed.

The case will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for review. Watkins said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and Dix’s driver’s license was current with no restrictions.

In 2011, just five months after Dix married Abby Bosse of Lewiston, he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. The tumor, which he named “Bertha,” was removed on Nov. 25, 2011, at Dana Farber Institute in Boston and his recovery looked good.

The couple’s daughter, Genevieve Danielle, was born this past Aug. 24.

According to their friend, Jenn Darling, during a routine health exam a month after Genevieve’s birth, doctors discovered Jeremy’s tumor had returned; he had surgery five weeks ago to remove it.

After the surgery, the couple learned Jeremy had grade 3 astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. According to a blog post Darling wrote, over the next eight months, he is scheduled for a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. His family and friends have been organizing fundraisers to help the family with medical costs.

A family spokeswoman said Dix had been medically cleared to return to work and to resume driving.

Andrea Libby, Dix’s sister-in-law, said Dix suffered four broken ribs in the accident, a possible orbital fracture and whiplash, along with bumps and bruises. In an email to the Sun Journal, she said Dix would remain overnight Tuesday at CMMC for continued observation. “Doctors and police have deemed the accident is a result of a medical event,” Libby said.

Dix struck a Ford Focus driven by Lane Burnham, 19, of Monmouth when he crossed the centerline, according to Auburn police. Burnham’s car spun around, striking a Nissan pickup truck driven by Erica Rice of Auburn, who had been driving behind Dix. After striking Burnham’s car, Dix’s truck struck a Jeep Commander driven by Sarah-Ann Kemp, 24, of Lewiston.

On Tuesday, Auburn police continued to investigate the accident.

A benefit dance and raffle to help the Dix family will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Carriage House, 1119 Lisbon St.

“This family has had a very tough few years and the outpouring of love and support from the community around them continues to astound us,” Libby said.

Last month, friends organized a yard sale and raised $2,300 for medical expenses. For more information about fundraising efforts, go to: www.gofundme.com/teamdix.

Dix is employed as an occupational therapist at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. His wife, Abby, teaches second grade at Farwell Elementary School in Lewiston.

Farwell Principal Althea Walker said the school staff has been working to organize a “meal train.” Two days each week, a school staffer will sign up to provide a meal “so Abby can focus on her baby and her husband.”

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Staff writer Douglas McIntire contributed to this report.


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