DECD Commissoner's Son in Hit-and-Run ATV Accident
State Police have arrested the driver involved in a hit and run accident in Lakeview Plantation that badly injured a 13 year old Brunswick boy. Lakeview is near Milo. Glenn Richardson, who is the son of Maine's Commissioner of Economic and Community Development John Richardson, was riding his ATV along a private dirt road near his grandfather's camp Tuesday night when a car crossed into his lane and struck the ATV head-on. The boy was thrown into the hood of the car and then to the ground. The occupants of the car stopped to check on him and then left, leaving young Richardson with two broken wrists and other assorted injuries. The boy hobbled along the road seeking help, when a passerby picked him up and brought him to his grandfather's camp. He was then taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
A team of troopers and Game Wardens worked throughout the night and arrested Matthew Gifford, 42, of Springfield who was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Gifford also faces a number of other charges including operating after suspension of his driver's license. He appeared in Bangor District Court Thursday. Gifford, along with a second man and a woman were taken into custody about 3:30 A.M. Wednesday behind an abandoned house along Route 2 in Mattawamkeag, 20 miles from the accident. Part of the reason investigators found the car is because it sprung an oil leak and troopers were able to track the trail of oil for about 12 miles. The woman was not charged and the second man, 38 year old Daniel Johndro of Winn, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a drug violation.