Community mourns loss of mother, daughter killed in Casco crash
CASCO (WGME) -- A young man is in critical condition and a mother and her adult daughter are dead after a horrific crash in Casco.
According to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Jamie Mantz, 53, was behind the wheel of a Jeep on Route 302 Tuesday afternoon, when she crossed the center line and hit a Chevy Tahoe head-on.
Mantz and her mother, Carol Strom, 80, both died.
The driver of the other car, Austin Wood, 26, is in critical condition at Maine Medical Center according to his family.
A witness, who didn't want to be identified, tells CBS 13 he tried to calm Wood as he screamed violently, his legs pinned in the vehicle until rescue crews arrived and used the jaws of life to get him out.
Wood's family is thanking those first responders and released a statement that reads in part, "We are grateful for our family, friends and community who continue to send support and prayers. We remain hopeful for his recovery."
Pat McHatton said she called Strom a friend for 30 years.
"You could call her and she'd be right there to help you," said McHatton.
Mchatton said Strom was a dedicated member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bridgton, where she led the Women's Guild, helped families with funeral services, and served communion at local nursing homes.
"The whole church is very sad," she said.
McHatton said Strom showed up every Sunday, even while recovering from a stroke. She said Mantz had been living with her mom for years.
"She was just a dedicated daughter, who, when Carol had her stroke, she was right there and took care of her," McHatton said.
Like her mother, Mantz helped others, too. McHatton said Mantz was working as a home care aide for the relative of another church member.
"It's gonna be a great loss," said McHatton.
Investigators said, so far, there's no evidence to explain why Mantz crossed the center line and they may never know.