Police: Speed, reckless driving may have caused Buxton wreck
BUXTON (WGME) -- Police say speed and reckless driving may have been factors in a violent wreck on Monday night that left one person hospitalized.
"It didn't need to happen, in my opinion, from everything I've read thus far," said Chief Troy Cline.
Cline said two cars were heading east toward Gorham around 8 p.m. when the one in front, a blue Chrysler 300, went off the road and into trees and a pole. He said Thomas Dewitt, 56, had to be cut out by rescue crews and taken to Maine Medical Center.
Cline said one of the poles struck by Dewitt's car, came down and landed on the hood of the car behind it. That driver was identified as Brandon Buzynski, 26, who escaped without any injuries along with his two passengers.
Cline said speed and reckless driving appear to be factors.
"There have been reports, or some witnesses that suggest and have given us an indication this may have been a drag racing incident, but we have not confirmed that yet," said Cline.
Sandra Mowery lives a few doors down and said cars are always flying by her house, well over the speed limit.
"Young people speeding out and ripping rubber off their cars," she said. "You can see the rubber all over the road. I don't know if it's a game they play or not."
Cline said his department will be stepping up enforcement on that stretch of road.
"If you are driving your vehicle recklessly, it's the same as pointing a gun recklessly at somebody," he said. "Your vehicle is a dangerous weapon."
Accident reconstruction is underway as the investigation continues. Cline asked anyone with information to call Buxton Police.