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Boy killed by car in Maine from Mass.

August 13, 2013

ST. GEORGE, Maine (AP) — Investigators seeking answers about an out-of-control car that struck a vacationing family from Massachusetts, killing a 9-year-old boy, plan to examine the vehicle for any mechanical problems.

The driver, Cheryl Torgersen of New York City, told police she doesn’t remember what happened during the Sunday crash, and police have said there’s no indication she was impaired. No charges have been filed.

Witnesses said Torgerson’s Infinity appeared to accelerate even after striking a parked vehicle and then hitting a pedestrian and building in front of a wharf in the village of Port Clyde. Her car crashed into at least five more vehicles parked on the wharf before striking three members of the family from Cohasset, Mass.

Police identified the boy who died as Dylan Gold. His mother, 50-year-old Allison Gold, and his 6-year-old brother, Wyatt, were injured. The father escaped injury because he was in the family’s van at the time.

The Portland Press Herald reported that some have speculated that the accelerator pedal was stuck, and that a “vehicle autopsy” will be performed to determine if there was a mechanical problem.

“The vehicle autopsy is the only way we can determine mechanical failure, and I’m not suggesting anything at this point until all data has been collected,” Chief Deputy Tim Carroll told the newspaper.

Both Torgersen and the Golds planned to board the ferry for Mohegan Island on Sunday afternoon.

Wyatt was treated and released from the hospital, but Allison Gold remained in critical condition Tuesday at Maine Medical Center, a spokesman said.

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