Witness describes Berwick crash that killed 7-year-old boy, 3 other people
BERWICK (WGME) – Four people were killed, including a 7-year-old boy, in one of the deadliest crashes Maine has seen in years.
Jamie Lahue was upstairs in the daycare her family owns when two vehicles crashed Saturday in Berwick.
"I looked out the window and I saw, literally, a car split in two pieces," Lahue said.
She called 911, and told them what had happened and where. With the 911 operator on the line, she ran to see if she could help.
"The back half of the white Civic was right here,” Lahue said. "Where the back half of the vehicle and the woman and child were."
Police say a passenger in the sedan, K-la Scott, survived, but they say driver Robert Howard, Kevin Clark, and Clarks' 7-year-old son, Davin, died at the scene.
"I only saw two deceased at the time. I couldn't see the child,” Lahue said. "She asked if there was anything I could do. There wasn't."
Davon was a first grader at North Berwick Elementary School.
"This boy has friends and family," Lahue said.
The principal of that school sent out a statement.
"One of our first-grade students, Davin Clark, passed away this weekend in a car accident. We have grief counselors on hand at North Berwick Elementary School."
Principal Mike Archambault says he and grief counselors went to each class Monday morning to share the sad news. At the same time, he says he and staff are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for the children during this traumatic event.
Police say a family of four was in in the SUV.
A 17-year-old girl and her parents survived, but police say the teen's grandmother, Barbara Allen of Wells, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police say Robert Howard, the driver of the white car that split in two, caused the crash.
"It was operator error,” Capt. Jerry Locke said. “They were passing on a solid yellow line. Came back, overcorrected, and went in front of the SUV."