Sheriff - Eric G. Samson
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Update: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on
December 30, 2014 in Leeds, Maine
Lieutenant Glenn J. Holt
The accident investigation has revealed that the preliminary information that we had released on the day of the accident was inaccurate.
The reconstruction process, as well as the re-interview of the witness and other interviews of the accident investigation have revealed that the vehicles were traveling in the opposite directions than earlier stated and that Mr. Ryder was the one that crossed the center line and not Mr. Cloutier.
The following is the correct description of the incident. The 2007 Honda, Accord was being operated in a Westerly direction (toward Lewiston) on Route 202 in Leeds, by a Mr. Ghislain B. Cloutier, age 49 of Winthrop, Maine. The 2003 Ford, Explorer was being operated in an Easterly direction (toward Augusta) by Ralph D Ryder Jr., age 59 of Livermore, Maine. The 2003 Ford, Explorer crossed the center line into the West bound lane and collided with the 2007 Honda, Accord. Mr. Ghislain Cloutier and his fourteen year old son, Casey Cloutier of Winthrop were deceased at the scene. They were the only occupants of the Honda, Accord. Mr. Ryder, the only occupant of the Ford, Explorer, was transported to Central Maine Medical Center by Turner Rescue, where he was listed in stable condition later that day. Mr. Ryder was released from the hospital on December 31, 2014.
We go through a number of detailed steps of an investigation like this to make sure that the end result is that the report is accurate and correct.
The accident remains under investigation by the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christopher Austin age 43 of Wales, Maine on December 23, 2014. Mr. Austin was arrested as the result of an ongoing sexual abuse investigation being conducted by the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department. They have charged Mr. Austin with seven counts of Class A Gross Sexual Assault and one count of Class B Gross Sexual Assault. His victim in these cases was under the age of 15 years old and as young as 8 years old.
Detective Timothy Gamache is the primary investigator. We believe that there are other victims out there and would like to hear from them. Detective Gamache can be reached at 207-753-2566.
More charges may be coming at a later date.
Christopher Austin is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on $50,000.00 cash bail. He has been out on $5,000.00 cash bail since 2013 when the Maine Warden Service charged him with manslaughter, after he shot and killed a man while hunting.
Every week we publish the Arrest & Media logs for public information and viewing of the Androscoggin County Jail Intake. To view simply choose the year and click. All logs are in PDF format.