News Feature

Ellsworth
Web exclusive, November 29, 2012
Deer Isle woman charged in September pedestrian fatality

by Faith DeAmbrose

More than two months after a Deer Isle woman allegedly struck and killed her boyfriend, Andrew Ray, 31, in Blue Hill, Kimberly Phelan, 29, was arrested on multiple charges stemming from the September 15 incident on Water Street.

According to information from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Phelan was arrested Thursday, November 29, by Detective Alan Brown on a warrant charging Manslaughter—Class A, Aggravated Criminal OUI—Class B and Reckless Conduct—Class C.

According to information provided by Richard Bishop, Chief Deputy of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, at the time of the incident, Phelan and Ray had been out for the evening and were parked at the Blue Hill town park around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15. At some point an argument ensued, and Phelan drove a 2003 Pontiac Aztek away, leaving Ray in the park. Ray then started walking toward the village along water street.

Bishop said Phelan “several times went back and forth” in the vehicle as Ray was walking. The passenger window was down, the argument continued. At that point, Ray grabbed the open passenger side window, “and possibly another part of the car.” Phelan backed the vehicle up, and Ray ended up underneath the car and was backed over by the front tires.

Ray was transported by Peninsula Ambulance to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.