Crash took place July 31, involved two vehicles

UPDATED: Elderly woman dies following downtown Belfast crash

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 6:00pm

BELFAST — An elderly woman died last week following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Church and Pine Street, around 2 p.m. July 31, according to Belfast Police Chief Michael McFadden. 

Erla Resnick, 95, died shortly after the impact of the accident, which occurred when the vehicle she was a passenger in was struck by a second vehicle attempting to turn onto Church Street from Park Street. After the vehicle was struck, it traveled into a tree, where it came to rest. 

It remains unclear what led to Resnick’s passing, whether it was a direct result of the accident or some other medical emergency. 

The second vehicle involved, a 2016 Subaru, was being driven by Charlotee Urbano, 78, of Belfast. Urbano reportedly told responding Officer Travis Spencer that she had looked both ways before attempting the turn and hadn’t seen any approaching vehicles at the time. 

Barbara Forrest, 68, of Lincolnville, who was the driver of the 2017 Hyundai carrying Resnick, suffered possible injuries in the crash, complaining of generalized pain. 

McFadden said that although speed did not appear to be a factor with either of the vehicles, there was still enough of an impact to cause “some damage.” 

Urbano’s vehicle sustained minor damage, while Forrest’s vehicle was towed from the scene. 

The investigation into the crash will likely take months to complete before it is turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review. 

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