April 20, 2019

Pennsylvania teenager dies from injuries in Waldo crash

WALDO – A Pennsylvania teen flown to a Bangor hospital after the car in which he was riding pulled into the path of an oncoming pickup has died from his injuries.

Maine State Police Trooper Luke Cunningham said Friday that David Willett, 18, of Philadelphia died of head and torso injuries late Thursday after the 9 a.m. crash at the intersection of Routes 137 and 131.

He had been flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Willett was a rear-seat passenger in a 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Thomas Piersiak, 17, of Brooks. John Ross Caron, 17, of Knox was riding in the front seat. All three were wearing seat belts.

Piersiak was stopped at the Route 131 stop sign facing Morrill when he made a left turn directly into the path of a 1999 Dodge pickup truck driven by Belinda Grajewski, 55, of Brooks.

Piersiak’s Cutlass was struck on the rear section of the car where Willett was sitting. The impact pushed the car into the ditch. Piersiak and Caron both suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. Grajewski was uninjured.

Cunningham attributed the accident to driver inattention.

Cunningham said that after reviewing the incident with the District Attorney’s Office on Thursday night it was determined that no charges would be filed.

“There was no negligence,” he said Friday.

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