KANC CRASH SERIOUSLY INJURES TWO

by Christian Mower on May 1, 2012

CONWAY POLICE SAY AN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING CAR CRASH ON THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY SEVERELY INJURED TWO PEOPLE.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS HIS OFFICERS AND CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONDED TO THE KANC NEAR THE SKI JUMP SHORTLY AFTER 1 A.M. AND FOUND A HEAVILY DAMAGED GOLD 1999 CADILLAC DEVILLE BUT NO OCCUPANTS IN THE AREA.

PERLEY SAYS HIS ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION TEAM ALSO RESPONDED AND OFFICERS LATER INTERVIEWED THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER AT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY, WHERE THEY HAD BEEN DRIVEN BY ANOTHER DRIVER.

PERLEY DECLINES TO IDENTIFY THE PASSENGER INVOLVED – A MAN IN HIS EARLY 20s – BUT SAYS HE WAS EJECTED FROM THE CAR DURING THE CRASH AND SUFFERED AN INJURY TO HIS HEAD – HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND FOR TREATMENT.

THE DRIVER – IDENTIFIED AS 21-YEAR-OLD DARREN BARROWS OF BUTTERNUT LANE IN CONWAY – BROKE HIS NECK AND BOTH OF HIS KNEES.

BARROWS IS CHARGED WITH ONE FELONY COUNT OF AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LIQUOR OR DRUGS.

THE CAR WAS TOWED FROM THE SCENE.

BASED ON ITS CONDITION, PERLEY SAYS THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE SPEED INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. NEITHER BARROWS OR THE PASSENGER WAS WEARING A SEAT BELT.