Whitefield soldier airlifted after car crash in Whitefield


June 23, 2011
WHITEFIELD — A 21-year-old Whitefield soldier on leave was airlifted by a DART helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after being in a car crash on Forest Lake Road in Whitefield Friday morning.

As of Monday evening Luke Wotton was being treated for severe head trauma at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Wotton was a passenger in a 2004 Dodge Neon heading towards Route 116 that lost control and went off the right hand side of the road into a tree. The car was driven by Thomas Shaheen, 18 of Carroll, who was transported to Weeks Medical Center for severe leg trauma. Both men were not wearing seat-belts and officials say speed played a factor.

Shaheen was subsequently charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. A court date for Shaheen was set on July 27 at Lancaster District Court and he was placed on $5,000 PR bail.

According to Whitefield Fire Chief Jay Watkins Emergency personnel arrived at the scene shortly after 4 a.m. when the accident was reported. The front end of the car was wrapped around the tree and the Jaws of Life were used to extricate both men from the vehicle. Dalton Fire Department and EMS as well as the Whitefield Ambulance Department responded.

Wotton's family has started a website providing updates on his condition and an opportunity to donate at http://prayersforluke.blogspot.com. Wotton is a US Soldier stationed in Germany who was home on leave after surviving a deployment to Afganistan.

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