News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 8, 2012
Investigation continues in pedestrian fatality

by Jessica Brophy

More than seven weeks after Andrew Ray was struck by a car driven by his girlfriend Kimberly Phelan, resulting in his death, the investigation into the incident continues.

According to a Monday, November 5, email interview with Chief Deputy Richard Bishop of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the office is still “working on preparing the report for the [District Attorney’s] Office review.” Bishop declined to give any details on what information has been collected thus far, though in an initial interview after the incident, he said a blood alcohol test, forensic mapping, collecting of statements and scene re-creation were all information the office would collect.

It is the DA’s office that determines what charges, if any, would be filed as a result of such an incident.

Bishop said no information about the investigation is currently available to the public, and any reports would only be made public at the discretion of the DA’s office once the DA is in possession of the incident report.

The incident in question took place on Water Street in Blue Hill in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 15.

Phelan and Ray had been out for the evening, according to an initial statement from Bishop, and had parked at the Blue Hill Town Park at about 4:30 a.m. An argument ensued, he continued, and Phelan drove the 2003 Pontiac Aztek away, leaving Ray in the park. Ray then walked toward the village along Water Street, and Phelan drove by “several times” according to Bishop. At some point, Ray grabbed the open passenger side window, “and possibly another part of the car,” said Bishop. Phelan backed the vehicle up, and Ray ended up underneath the car and was backed over by the front tires.

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

In an interview after the incident, Bishop declined to speculate if the incident was accidental.