Grand jury hands up indictments in 2 Portland accidents

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PORTLAND — Two men have been indicted on several charges stemming from traffic accidents in the city last fall.

On March 12, Matthew A. Dickson, 23, of 800 Methodist Road, Westbrook, was indicted for manslaughter by a Cumberland County grand jury for his role in a Nov. 2, 2017, accident near Westgate Shopping Center on Congress Street.

Also on March 12, the same grand jury indicted Robert Carson, 82, a city resident whose address was not released, on charges of driving to endanger and operating with a suspended or revoked license while causing a serious bodily injury on Dec. 13, 2017.

Carson is charged with being behind the wheel of the 2011 Toyota Highlander that struck city resident Mary Anthoine around 3:15 p.m. Dec. 13, 2017, at 1055 Forest Ave. Police said Carson was entering the parking lot of Pratt Abbott cleaners when he struck Anthoine and then a Toyota Camry.

Dickson, 23, of 800 Methodist Road, was also indicted on a charge of aggravated driving to endanger by a Cumberland County grand jury.

He was allegedly behind the wheel of his 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass and lost control of the vehicle in a crash killed Olivia Dolloff, 24.

Dolloff was one of two passengers in the car that left the road and hit a fence and utility pole, according to court records. A second passenger, Olivia Bell, now 20, received non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but a determination enough evidence exists to take a case to trial. Dickson faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if found guilty on the Class A manslaughter charge.

A dispositional conference where the state and Dickson’s defense will discuss the case is scheduled for March 28, according to court records.

An affidavit from Officer Christopher Shinay alleged Dickson lost control of his car around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 as he pulled away from the intersection of Congress Street and Stevens Avenue.

When the rear tires began spinning and the car began swerving back and forth in the travel lane on Congress Street, Shinay said Dickson continued to accelerate and struck a utility pole with enough force to turn the vehicle completely around.

Shinay said police arrived to find Dickson and Bell “outside of the vehicle, conscious and alert.” Dolloff had also been removed from the vehicle, but was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

In the investigation, police got statements from two witnesses who had been in a vehicle waiting for the light to change, Bell, and a Congress Street resident who came out after the crash. 

An affidavit said Dickson refused medical treatment and was taken to police headquarters at 109 Middle St. He waived his right to have an attorney present when questioned by police, following a blood draw for testing.

The affidavit also said Dickson told police he’d had 1.5 servings of hard cider while at dinner with Bell and Dolloff. His blood test showed a .01 percent blood alcohol level. The legal blood alcohol limit in Maine is .08 percent.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.