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Driver in Augusta fatal accident told police that he fell asleep at the wheel

Mills says they are waiting for other pieces of evidence to be analyzed before they determine the exact cause.
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Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 2:47 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The driver of a car that struck and killed three pedestrians in Augusta last week told police he fell asleep at the wheel.

That’s according to an accident report.

Police say 56-year-old Robert Santerre of Chelsea was driving on Cony Road last Thursday when his car crossed the center line, hitting three people before ending up in a ditch.

63-year-old Rosalyn Jean, 69-year-old Barbara Maxim Hendsbee, and Hendsbee’s one-year-old granddaughter, all of Augusta, were killed.

The report says the three were walking off the roadway in the gravel area.

Augusta Police Chief Jared Mills says they’re still investigating the circumstances of the crash, including Santerre’s claim that he fell asleep.

Mills says they are waiting for other pieces of evidence to be analyzed before they determine the exact cause.

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