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District Attorney answers questions about Port Clyde case

PORT CLYDE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Months after New York driver Cheryl Torgerson lost control of her vehicle, struck a half dozen cars, a building, and a family on the ferry wharf in Port Clyde, people in the coastal community are still looking for answers.

Torgerson killed 9-year-old Dylan Gold, and seriously injured his mother, Allison, 51, along with a local man, Jonathan Coggeshall, 61.

District Attorney Geoff Rushlau announced last month there would not be criminal charges in the case, and it left people in the community outraged and confused.

"It just seemed to me that there was this community-wide question," said Rushlau.

So he did something he's never done before: held a town hall meeting to explain the evidence, and reason why he wouldn't pursue charges.

Rushlau explained that investigators could not explain what happened: why Torgerson went from complete stop on the dock, to full throttle.

There was no evidence of a vehicle malfunction. There was no alcohol in her blood.

Authorities did not test Torgerson's blood for drugs. Rushlau explained that Maine investigators did not have reason to suspect she was under the influence, and did not send the blood to a lab in Maryland to be tested for drugs.

Ultimately, he felt there would not be evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to show a criminal mind for a manslaughter charge.

"People think something should be done, and I don't disagree with that," said Rushlau. "But I have a different role."

Some people at the meeting left feeling frustrated and concerned.

"I think as a result of this incident, a lot of us feel like we're very unprotected," said Anita Siegenthaler, a Port Clyde resident.