WINSLOW — A Waterville man died early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on Augusta Road that left two others — including an infant — with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Gabriel Stuart, 52, was pronounced dead around 12:39 a.m. at the crash scene, Winslow police Chief Shawn O’Leary said in a statement. Upon their arrival at the accident scene, Winslow police officers and fire and rescue workers discovered a 2004 Chevrolet Impala about 90 feet off the roadway at the bottom of a sloped hill where there are many trees.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, but O’Leary said in a phone call Sunday afternoon that the car was traveling north toward Waterville when it somehow went off the road.

“If it hadn’t been for a vehicle traveling behind them, no one probably would have seen it to call it in,” O’Leary said.

Stuart, who was the car’s driver, and passengers Tiffany Hulburt, 29, of Waterville, and an infant were trapped in the car after the crash. Stuart and Hulburt were wearing seat belts and the baby was secured in a car seat.

Rescue workers were able to extract Hulburt and the infant, and they were then taken to the Thayer Center for Health in Waterville. Hulburt later was released, but the child was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland as a precaution.


O’Leary did not specify in his statement how Stuart, Hulburt and the infant were connected to one another. O’Leary said he did not know the gender or age of the child.

Over the next several days, Winslow police will continue their investigation and conduct follow-up interviews with witnesses. Maine State Police will be reconstructing the crash, which O’Leary said will involve an autopsy of the car and examining skid marks as well as other marks left at the scene. O’Leary said the reconstruction will help police determine the rate of speed at which the car was traveling, as well as other factors that might have caused the crash.

A sample of Stuart’s blood was taken and will be analyzed at a Department of Health and Human Services laboratory. O’Leary said it will take several days before the results of the analysis will be complete.

Stuart worked as a newspaper carrier for the Morning Sentinel.

Emily Higginbotham — 861-9239

Twitter: @EmilyHigg

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