November 28, 2022

Backing car kills toddler > Driver leaving farm failed to see child

GOULDSBORO — A 15-month-old toddler died Wednesday morning as a result of an accident in which a driver failed to see the infant and backed up over her at Darthia Farm off Route 186.

Melissa Saad, the daughter of Sheila Unvalla and Thomas Saad of Gouldsboro, died after Michele Greco, 28, of Virginia, accidentally backed over the child as she was leaving the farmyard late Wednesday morning. Darthia Farm specializes in organic produce and handmade crafts.

Gouldsboro Police Chief Warren Ahrens said Greco had gone to the farm to do some shopping. He said she completed her purchases, got into her 1984 Oldsmobile sedan and started to back the vehicle out of the farmyard. He said the driver failed to see the toddler, who was outside with a sibling.

Ahrens said the child’s mother came out of the farmhouse to check on her children as the Oldsmobile was backing up. She rushed her injured daughter to the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic in Gouldsboro where the infant died.

Ahrens said he was assisted at the accident scene by Maine State Police Trooper Gerald Coleman and Sgt. Ed Bonney.

He said the accident was reconstructed by Sgt. Pat Kane of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

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