ROCKLAND, Maine — The district attorney’s office has received the police reports concerning the death of a Camden man killed in June by a large rock that crashed through his windshield.
Submission of the investigative reports from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were delayed pending the results of an out-of-state laboratory test of the rock, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody. He said the district attorney’s office received the reports from the sheriff’s office about two weeks ago.
Baroody said he will be consulting with District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau to determine what the next course of action will be.
James Nash, 73, of Camden was killed on June 9 while driving east on Route 17 in a 2013 Honda Civic when the 6- to 8-inch diameter rock came through the windshield and struck him in the head. He died instantly. His wife, Marilynn Nash, was treated for minor injuries at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and released the evening of the crash.
Marilynn Nash died at age 70 in December.
The rock is suspected of having fallen off the trunk of a 1999 Saab driven by a rock collector, according to an affidavit filed in court last year by the sheriff’s office to obtain a search warrant for the Saab.
The sedan was registered to Kathy Felch of Union, but she had loaned it to her son, Myles Felch, according to the police affidavit. A few days after the fatal incident, a witness reported to the sheriff’s office that he had helped two young men collect rocks on property near the intersection of Routes 17 and 90 in Rockport on June 9 before the fatal incident.
The witness said he remembers Felch placing one rock on the trunk of the car while the others were placed in a trailer. The rocks were being collected by Felch and the other man to be taken to the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel. The witness said Felch was driving the car.
After receiving this information, the investigators spoke with Felch at his mother’s home. He was shown a photograph of the rock and said he did not recognize it and that it was not the type of rock he would want for the museum. He also denied placing a rock on the trunk of the car. Investigators interviewed the witness from Rockport again, who identified the rock as the one Felch put on the back of the trunk, according to the affidavit. Police went back to Felch, who again denied placing the rock on the trunk.
Detective Dwight Burtis of the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant and the vehicle was seized on June 22 and taken to the Maine State Police crime lab in Augusta. An inspection of the car showed new scratch marks on the rear spoiler of the car, the hatchback window and the rear left side of the car, according to the affidavit.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case nor has any civil lawsuit been filed. Felch’s attorney, Walter McKee, said Tuesday he has not heard anything more about the case. In July, McKee said that at some point his client’s side of the story would be told.