Little girl in critical condition after violent Waterboro crash


    Little Gabrielle Kennedy had to be taken by helicopter to Maine Medical Center, where authorities say she is in critical condition. (Troy Kennedy)

    BIDDEFORD (WGME) – A little girl is in critical condition after a violent crash in York County.

    The man accused of causing the collision is currently behind bars.

    The York County Sheriff says the 10-month-old girl was secured in her car seat when the driver of a box truck hit the stopped SUV driven by the child's mother from behind.

    The speed limit at the intersection of Route 202 and Stawmill Brook Road is 55 miles per hour.

    Sheriff Bill King says according to witnesses, the driver never hit his brakes.

    "You have to be cognizant,” King said, “I mean, this individual was driving a 26-foot box truck. And again, we have witnesses that said there was no braking, or that just apparently just didn't see the car stop."

    Little Gabrielle Kennedy had to be taken by helicopter to Maine Medical Center, where authorities say she is in critical condition.

    A prosecutor says "she's not doing too good," but the family remains hopeful.

    Speaking on behalf of the family, the child's uncle, Troy Kennedy, wrote on Facebook that, "Gabby is doing better than she was. We're all scared and hopeful for the best."

    The box truck driver, 53-year-old Rene Romero, is accused of aggravated driving to endanger.

    If he's convicted, Romero faces up to two years in prison, fines, and suspension of his driver's license.

    Families in Waterboro say they're praying for Gabby's recovery.

    "Definitely am praying for the baby to come out of it,” Waterboro resident Cathy Stetson said. “Praying for her family."

    The judge set a $10,000 cash bail on Rene Romero with the condition that he not get behind the wheel and drive.

    A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses.

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