A topic to discuss where Maura was going has not yet been started. This theory is dependent upon her destination being West of the accident site.
This thread is to explore the possibility that the Saturn's driver could have been driving West when the accident happened. The presumption is that the Saturn driver drifted into the left lane while driving West, which would explain the driver side damage to the Saturn.
This theory is dependent upon two other discussions:
The route Maura took to the accident site (this precludes the possibility that she drove up Interstate 93):
The time Maura left Umass:
This "mixed route" is plausible and possible explanation as to why the Saturn's driver might have been heading West when the accident happened, rather than East as generally believed. The "Mixed Route" was proposed by avamonroe, credit to him or her.
Note: It is almost impossible that she took I-93 - and therefore was heading West from it**
Possible Reasons Maura was heading West - if the reason was not because she took the proposed "mixed route" shown above. In this case we presume she exited I-91 heading towards Bartlett only to take a detour (Note: detour idea debunked)
Possibility 1. The Saturn's Driver Took a Detour to Sight See the White Mountains ("Sight Seeing Theory") debunked - thanks to greenfilestripe & BonquosGhost.
How a detour for sight seeing could have happened: If she was in route to Burlington, Vermont, she might have wanted to take a short visit to the White Mountain National Forest before resuming her journey to Burlington, Vermont. This would mean that she:
- Was heading to Burlington, Vermont (Dependency)
- Left Umass at around 3:47. (Dependency) Note: If she left Umass at 4:30, she would not have enough time.
- Drove up Interstate 91 from Umass (Dependency) Note: She could not have taken MA-63 N, to NH-10 to NH-112 E, it would take too long. (Specifically, this means that the extra time available if she left at 3:47 would be used up by driving up MA-63 N, to NH-10 to NH-112 E - leaving no time available for the detour.)
- Exited Interstate 91 at NH-112
- Headed East on NH-112.
- Drove past the accident site and to the White Mountain National Forest.
- Spent a short amount of time there
- Made a U-turn on NH-112, heading West
- Was heading West at the accident site, drifting into the left lane.
(She could have been distracted or dozing off and then hit the snow bank. Of course she would end up driving on the left hand side of the road, in the wrong direction, if she did.)
Evidence That Tends To Disprove Possibility 1 the "Sight Seeing Theory"
1. Sunset at Manchester, NH was at 5:08 PM on Monday, February 9, 2004 (EDT).
This is the main debunking issue against this theory. There is no point in sight seeing if you can't see anything.
Source: Google search: https://www.google.com/search?q=sunset+time+february+9+new+hampshire&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=sunset+time+february+9+2004+new+hampshire
Possibility 2. The Saturn's Driver Took a Detour to Meet Someone
Specifically, she would have first drove East and then made a U turn at some point to return towards I-91.
The idea that she met someone and was heading back towards I-91 has some logical problems. I assume that the other person would have been driving and would be close behind her, allowing her to leave the scene shortly after the accident. Presumably, Butch Atwood would have seen this short-term tangent driver, presumably waiting nearby, within site and with no apparent reason to hide.
Counterpoint to the above: If Maura somehow was tricked into traveling to New Hampshire to meet a "bad guy" -- and this hypothetical "bad guy" intended her harm, he would have reason to hide.
Rebuttal: Law Enforcement did some searches on Maura's computer and found no evidence that she intended to meet anyone in New Hampshire. I do not believe that Law Enforcement has made any mention of finding evidence that she intended to do so. It is also my belief that they have stated that they don't even know where she was going.
Evidence That Weighs Against The Theory She Was Driving West
(Note - is not a critical factor, we can't prove the Saturn drove over the Westman's lawn)
** 1.The single tire tracks in the Westman's front lawn remain unexplained.**
These tire tracks were seen by two witnesses:
Dick guy: http://mauramurray.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-accident-probably-happened.html
The Westmans: https://catcherinthelie.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/go-westman-young-man/
"Tim indicates that her tire tracks were in his yard..."
In my opinion, the proposed "mixed route" is the best explanation for the driver side damage.
The "Mixed Route" was proposed by avamonroe, credit to him or her.
There is another good theory/explanation about how Maura might have ended up the way she did, here:
I'll keep this here so the logic used to draw the conclusions can be seen, modified, corrected and analyzed.
Edits: Numerous -> Add information about departure times and make clear what I'm talking about, add links, status and factors against the idea.