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Man charged with distracted driving after hitting DHHS employee transporting 3 children

The crash took place on Route 113, also known as Richville Road
Credit: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

STANDISH, Maine — EDITORS CORRECTION: NEWS CENTER Maine reported that Charles Hawkins was arrested after Wednesday's crash. That was inaccurate. Hawkins was charged with operating a vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone. 

A Windham man was charged Wednesday in Standish for distracted driving after he crashed into a car carrying a woman and three kids. 

According to a press release from Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was preparing to turn left on Route 114, also known as Richville Road, around 6:30 p.m. when Charles Hawkins, 38, did not stop, crashing into her from behind. 

Police said the woman is an employee of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the three minor children in the car were in state custody. 

Credit: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

The woman and three children were taken to Maine Medical Center for minor injuries. Hawkins was not injured.

Hawkins was charged with operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone, which is a traffic infraction.