Woman Dies in Wesley Crash

By Jayna Smith

An accident on the morning of Thursday, May 7th on Route 9 in Wesley claimed the life of 19-year old Kayla Robinson of Trescott.  The vehicle Robinson was driving  crossed the center line into the path of a fully-loaded log truck, driven by 55-year old Dale Earle of Calais, according to Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree of Washington County Sheriff's Office.  The 911 call came in at approximately 5:00 a.m.

Chief Deputy Crabtree said it is unclear what may have caused Robinson's car to veer into the path of the truck, resulting in the head-on collision.  "We may never know, but we do try to make that determination if we can," he said.  Robinson was headed east in the direction of Baileyville/Calais; Earle was headed west in the direction of Bangor.

Crabtree confirmed that Robinson was ejected from her vehicle.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. Earle and his passenger were taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias.  The passenger was seen for minor injuries, Crabtree said, along with "bumps and complaints of pain."  

Earle underwent blood tests, as required in fatal motor vehicle crashes.  "Drivers are required in crashes that involve a death, regardless of suspicion of use, to undergo a blood test," Crabtree said.  This testing is to identify if the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol. Crabtree was unsure when the results of those tests would become available.


The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Washington County Sheriff's Office.  Officers from Maine State Police Commercial Enforcement and Accident Reconstruction units are assisting.