Indictments issued in fatal crashes in Dover, Barrington, Rochester
April 22. 2014 11:23AM
ROCHESTER — A Strafford County Superior Court grand jury indicted three people on felony charges in connection with motor vehicle crashes that claimed the lives of four people over the past two years.
Kristina Sanford-Johnson, 44, of 76 Breton Ave., Sanford, Maine, faces two special felony counts of manslaughter in the Oct. 7, 2013, death of Ralph Iovanna, 62, of South Berwick, Maine. According to the indictment, Sanford-Johnson recklessly caused Iovanna's death when she injected herself with insulin and then drove her Nissan Rogue at about 80 mph in a 35-mph zone and ran a red light, colliding with Iovanna's Lincoln Mark VIII.
The collision happened at the intersection of Oak Street and Portland Avenue in Dover.
Sanford-Johnson was seriously injured in the crash as well.
If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years on each count.
Xianowei Wang, 40, of 843 Middle St., Portsmouth, was indicted on one count of negligent homicide in connection with an Aug. 14, 2012, crash that caused the death of Karen Fare, 34, of Manchester.
Wang is accused of driving a 2003 Honda Accord at an unsafe speed on Route 16 in Rochester when, state police said, she drifted across the center yellow line into the southbound lane and struck a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck operated by Stephen Hemeon, 44, of Milton.
Wang's Honda then drifted back into the northbound lane where Wang tried to regain control, but overcorrected, sending the car into a sideways slide, crossing the southbound lane again, according to state police. The Honda then struck a 1996 Nissan Maxima operated by Fare, pushing Fare's car off the road. The Honda then crashed into a 1997 Jeep Cherokee being driven by Eli Moryoussef, 34, of Kittery, Maine.
Wang suffered serious injuries in the crash as did another woman, Erika Otte, 21, a passenger in the Jeep.
In a third indictment, John Shaw, 49, of Barrington was indicted on four counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of a Maine minister and his wife on their way home from a religious retreat on Aug. 31, 2013.
According to the indictment, Shaw was driving his 2002 Ford Ranger west on Route 202 in Barrington at a high rate of speed and while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (two counts) or a controlled drug (two counts) when he lost control and crossed over into the eastbound lane, striking a 2007 Ford Edge head on.
Joel McLain, 77, who was pastor at Victory Chapel Church in Biddeford, was driving the Ford and died at the scene. His wife, Maxine McLain, 77, died later at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Shaw also suffered serious injuries in the crash.