Woman Injured in a Car-Hayride Carriage Has Died
A woman who was critically injured when she fell from a horse-drawn carriage has died. She was one of several people hurt in the Waterville accident over the weekend.
Waterville Deputy Chief of Police Charles Rumsey IV said in a press release that Kathy Marciarille died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in the crash. She was a passenger on a horse-drawn carriage that was giving rides to party-goers attending a dinner at the Waterville Elks Lodge on Christmas Day.
Police believe the angle and intensity of the afternoon sun impaired the vision of Richard Libby, who then struck the carriage from behind. 14 people were on the carriage and six people received less serious injuries. They were taken to local hospitals where they were treated and released.
Marciarille, however, fell from the carriage and was struck and then run over by the sedan. Emergency crews rushed her to a local facility, where she was taken by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Portland, She later succumbed to her injuries.
Both the carriage driver, 42-year-old Cathleen Simmons, and Libby were tested for alcohol, however police don't believe it was a factor in the accident. Libby's age was originally reported as 73, but police now say he is actually 68.
There's no word yet on whether charges will be filed.