May 9, 2013

Man sentenced to year in prison in 2011 Kennebunkport crash

Prosecutors say David Van Blaricom was driving 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on Route 9 at the time of the crash, which injured a Massachusetts couple.

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

ALFRED – A Kittery man who caused a high-speed car crash in Kennebunkport in 2011 that injured a couple from Massachusetts was sentenced this week to serve a year in prison followed by two years of probation.

David Van Blaricom, 30, who lived in Kennebunkport at the time of the crash and has since moved to Kittery, was driving about 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on Route 9 in Kennebunkport on June 28, 2011, when he lost control of the vehicle and slid sideways into the Massachusetts couple’s car, according to the York County District Attorney’s Office.

Robert and Eleanor McCarrick of Stoneham, Mass., both in their 70s, were injured. The McCarricks have been spending part of their summers in Maine for the last 20 years, the prosecutor's office said.

Van Blaricom was found guilty after a five-day trial in York County Superior Court in March of aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct. A jury found him not guilty of a felony drunken-driving charge.

Justice John O’Neil sentenced Van Blaricom on Monday to five years with all but 364 days suspended. Additionally, the judge ordered his driver’s license suspended for two years and fined him $575, the DA’s offices said in a news release.

Assistant District Attorney John Connelly said after the trial that a witness described the crash as being so violent that it sent metal and glass raining down on the roadway.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)