A third car involved in a three-car collision late Saturday afternoon rests on its roof on Route 4 in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Police have identified a Hartford man who died Saturday night in a violent, three-vehicle crash in Auburn.

Zachery Cowett, 32, was driving on Turner Road, when his vehicle was struck by a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Stephen Witham, 50, of Lewiston, who was traveling southbound.

According to police Witham does not have a valid driver’s license, and his right to drive in Maine is under suspension.

When police arrived at the scene they found three vehicles were involved in the crash.

Police reported that Witham first collided with a 2021 Nissan Rogue driven by Elise Harvey, 35, of Hartford, headed northbound. The force of the crash forced the Nissan to flip and came to a rest on its roof. Harvey and her three teenage passengers were treated and released with minor injuries.

Witham then collided with Cowett who was driving a 2015 Nissan Murano. Cowett was killed as a result of injuries from the crash. Both Cowett and Witham were the lone occupants in their vehicles.

Witham was transported to Central Maine Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening, police said.

Auburn Police Department officers were assisted by the Lewiston Police Department and Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash remains under investigation.

Route 4 will be closed to all traffic on Sunday at 3 p.m. to allow crash investigators to further examine and photograph the scene.

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