Police identify drivers in Hampden wrong way crash
HAMPDEN (WGME) -- State Police have identified the man they say caused a deadly head-on collision in Hampden as Richard Holden, 55.
Police said Holden was driving the wrong way on Interstate-95 when he hit Jamie Curtis, 39, killing them both. Holden's driver's license had been suspended in Maine, as well as Maryland.
"There's no logical reason for it, that's for sure," said Harold Brown, who said he and his friend Monica Ditzler had witnessed Holden's dangerous driving.
Brown said Holden was braking, then speeding up, and swerving.
"At one point in time, I thought he bounced off the guard rail," said Ditzler.
Brown said when the SUV sped off, he called police. But two miles up the road, the pair saw the SUV again, this time stopped sideways, across both lanes of southbound traffic. Brown said he pulled off into the breakdown lane.
"We were probably there for a minute and all a sudden he turned around and took off northbound as fast as he could go," said Brown.
Lieutenant Wesley Hussey said two nearby troopers immediately tried to intervene. One headed south, with emergency lights flashing, and met Holden's vehicle, but Holden didn't stop.
Instead, he crashed into another car head-on, killing Curtis.
"I'm not a medical expert but I'm thinking death was probably pretty instantaneous," said Hussey.
"Didn't even think about it until afterwards, but I'm like 'Man, he could've run into us, too.'" said Brown.
Brown and Ditzler said they were shaken when they heard the tragic outcome.
"I was very upset," said Ditzler. "If he wanted to kill himself that's fine. Why did he have to take another driver with him?"
Hussey said state police will test Holden's blood to find out if he had been drinking. The Medical Examiner's Office will decide whether to do an additional toxicology test.