April 11, 2013

Berwick crash kills special-ed teacher

Amy Harris' two young children also are injured, as is the other driver, an unidentified Biddeford boy.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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A Facebook photo of Amy Harris.

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An accident reconstruction team examines the scene of a fatal crash on Route 4 in Berwick on Wednesday.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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The car's tracks through soft turf just off the road showed how the driver swerved off the shoulder, narrowly missed a utility pole and then pulled back onto the roadway.

The last-second maneuver likely left little time for Harris to react. The front of the tan Ford Freestar she was driving was crushed. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The 4-year-old was in a car seat and the 7-year-old was in a booster seat, police said. The extent of the children's injuries was not clear Wednesday night.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital said there was no record of Lucas Harris being there.

Berwick Academy's head of school, Gregory Schneider, met with the Biddeford boy's family but declined to comment on the student's condition. He did email a brief statement regarding the crash.

"On behalf of the entire Berwick Academy community, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were impacted by this tragic accident today," Schneider said.

Route 4 was closed for six hours while investigators worked to reconstruct what happened and gather evidence.

Anyone who saw the accident or either vehicle immediately beforehand is asked to call Detective Bill Russell at 698-1136.

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This is one of the vehicles involved in a fatal crash on Route 4 in Berwick on Wednesday.

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