Mother, son killed one week apart on same stretch of Alton road

ALTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The son of a woman who died in a head-on collision last week was killed overnight in a separate crash, state police said.

Troopers told the spokesman for Maine Public Safety that 32-year-old Alexander Gardner's pickup truck slammed into a large tree at a high rate of speed, about a mile from the site of a previous Alton crash that killed his mother.

The wreck, located at a curve on Route 16, was discovered at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday by a passing motorist. State police believe the crash happened sometime at night.

Robin Gardner, 63, Alexander's mother, died in a crash on Nov. 24 along Route 16. The county sheriff's office concluded that a vehicle driven by Tyler Creighton, 25, had crossed the center line and struck the LaGrange woman's vehicle.

Creighton told police he was under the influence and texting at the time of the crash, and that he had recently left a methadone clinic. He was later charged with manslaughter.

State police are attempting to retrace Alexander Gardner's movements. Anyone who had contact with him or saw him and his truck Thursday night through Friday morning is asked to call Maine State Police in Bangor at 207-973-3700.