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Boating collision kills woman on Sebec River

Article from Bangor Daily News, Monday, September 01, 2003

By Judy Harrison
of the NEWS Staff

MILO - A Dover-Foxcroft woman died in a boating accident Saturday night on the Sebec River. Shirley Carrier, 48, was killed when she was tossed from a boat driven by David Worster of Brownville which collided with a boat driven by Joe Warren, residence unknown, according to the Maine Warden Service.

The collision occurred in the dark about 9 p.m. when Worster, Carrier and Ronald Dearborn left the camp of a friend to return to Worster's camp about 400 yards away, Adam Gormley, district game warden, said Sunday.

Warren lost control of his boat upon impact. It was forced up onto the riverbank about 10 or 15 feet into the wood line, said the warden.

Carrier was thrown from the boat upon impact, according to Gormley. She was missing for several minutes while Worster and Dearborn returned to the camp they'd just left for lights to search for the woman.

Dearborn quickly found Carrier's body and pulled it into the boat. Carrier's injuries included severe lacerations to one arm.

Gormley said that the cause of death had not been determined and refused to speculate on how Carrier might have suffered her injuries.

Alcohol was found in one of the boats, he said, and, as state law requires, blood alcohol tests were administered to survivors. Test results were not immediately available. The case is still under investigation, said Gormley, but the warden service has consulted with the Penobscot County District Attorney's Office about possible charges.

Milo Fire and Rescue, the Milo police and the Maine State Police assisted at the scene.

In addition to Gormley, Sgt. Greg Sanborn, Joel Wilkinson, Michael Morrison and Glenn Annis, all of the Maine Warden Service, assisted Michael Eaton in the investigation.

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