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Early morning Vienna crash kills Farmington Falls woman

A 2003 Mercury Mountaineer, destroyed in a fatal crash on the Tower Road in Vienna this morning. (Photo provided by Maine Department of Public Safety)

A 2003 Mercury Mountaineer, destroyed in a fatal crash on the Tower Road in Vienna this morning. (Photo provided by Maine Department of Public Safety)

VIENNA - Police believe excessive speed was one factor in a single-vehicle crash on the Tower Road this morning, which resulted in the death of a Farmington Falls woman.

Hilda Howe, 36, of Farmington Falls was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Wednesday morning, after the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer she was operating left the roadway and overturned several times before coming to rest against trees off the Tower Road.

According to Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland, Howe lost control of the vehicle just after midnight. Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance, who is investigating the crash, believes Howe was not wearing her seat belt and was thrown from her vehicle as the SUV overturned.

No one else was believed to have been inside the Mountaineer and no other vehicles were involved. The Vienna Fire Department and Mt. Vernon Rescue Department assisted troopers at the scene.

McCausland said that Perkins-Vance is continuing the investigation and is currently seeking anyone with information about where Howe was Tuesday evening, prior to the crash.


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  1. Condolences to her very sad

  2. My heart goes out to Hilda's family. Such a sad thing. Strength and prayers go to you all.

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with her family through this difficult time. Her poor baby boy.. :-(

  4. Words connot describe how sorry I feel for Hilda's family. My condolences to her family, I will be praying for you all, she will be missed dearly by all. Her carefree spirit and the love she had for her family and horses was a special gift to all that new her.God Bless.

  5. My condolences going out to Hilda's family.

  6. my heart reaches out to all three of her sons. hilda was a beautiful woman. this is so sad.

  7. Does any one if hilda used to work at walmatt in the deli section... her name sounds so familar to me.... my hearts ans prayer go out... sorry to he boys for their lose!

  8. So sad... so young..... my condolences to all her family..RIP Hilda...

  9. I was very saddend to hear about Hilda's death. So sorry for her three boys who will not have their mother growing up. I went to school with her and can remember her smiling face and carefree spirit and how much she loved her horses; especially Eclipse. I hope that she is at peace now.

  10. My sincere condolences to the family, may god bless you

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  12. We send our message of sorrow and hope to HIlda's sons and dad and all the other family.
    May God be with you as you mourn and as you remember the light she brought into your lives.
    Hoping that light will shine in your hearts brightly.

  13. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Hilda's family & friends in this time of need. Hilda was a Beautiful, fun, and caring person. She will be greatly missed!