2017-06-19 / Local

Woman indicted on manslaughter and OUI charges for crash that killed Woolwich couple

Times Record Staff


A Hope woman was indicted by a Sagadahoc County Grand Jury on felony manslaughter and criminal operating under the influence charges. The charges stem from a crash that killed a Woolwich couple in January.

Danielle R. Ward, 34, was indicted on nine counts — including two counts of Class A manslaughter and two counts of Class B criminal operating under the influence charges. She also faces a count of Class C criminal operating under the influence, a count of Class C driving to endanger, a count of Class E driving to endanger, and two counts of Class D endangering the welfare of a child.

The fatal crash occurred on Jan. 21 on Route 1 in Woolwich near the Taste of Maine. The Sagadahoc County Sheriff ’s Department reported at the time that a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Ward was traveling north on Route 1 veered into the southbound lane and collided head-on with a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.

A southbound 2013 Ford Explorer was unable to avoid the collision ahead and struck the Tahoe.

The Hyundai's driver, Robert S. Martin, 70, of Woolwich, died at the scene. Martin’s passenger, Carolyn W. Martin, 76, of Woolwich, was airlifted to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where she was pronounced dead.

The indictment lists the two manslaughter charges, alleging Ward “did recklessly, or with criminal negligence,” cause the death of Carolyn W. Martin and Robert S. Martin.

Court documents further charge that she was operating under the influence of intoxicants and that Ward was convicted of OUI in 2009 and in 2013 in Rockland District Court.

The indictment states that Ward caused seriously bodily injury to four passengers under the age of 21 — three who may be part of the same family. She allegedly recklessly endangered the health, safety or welfare of three children who are family or household members, “violating a duty of care or protection.”

Court documents allege she also recklessly endangered the heath, safety or welfare of three other children who were not family.

Ward has been arrested and is at Two Bridges Regional Jail. Bail has been set at $10,000 cash.

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