June 19, 2019

7-year-old boy dies from injuries in car crash

SULLIVAN — A 7-year-old boy died Tuesday from injuries received in an accident Monday on Route 1 in Sullivan that injured three other people.

Korey Coombs of Sullivan died of head injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. His great-grandmother, Delia Barnes, 71, also of Sullivan, received a broken shoulder and a broken hip and was listed in stable condition at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth on Tuesday.

Coombs’ brother, Charles Pinkham, 5, also received head injuries in the accident and was listed in fair condition Tuesday afternoon at EMMC.

Coombs was the son of Charles Pinkham and Tabatha L. Coombs of Franklin.

The brothers were passengers in the Barnes’ car at the time of the accident. According to police, Barnes was traveling north on Route 1, when she attempted to turn left onto Route 183, and pulled into the path of a southbound pickup truck driven by John Merchant, 38, of Prospect Harbor.

The crash trapped at least one of the boys in the vehicle and rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to free him.

Merchant received minor head injuries and was taken to the Ellsworth hospital, where he was treated and released.

The accident remained under investigation.

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