Bridgton Academy reeling after teens killed in car crash


SEBAGO – Two Bridgton Academy students were killed and two others injured Monday after the car they were riding in went off Route 114 and sideswiped two trees.

Passengers Brian Douchette of Berwick and Patrick Reddy of Lynn, Mass., both 18, were killed in the crash that happened near the Naples town line.

Driver Owen Gill, 18, of Lakeville, Mass., and passenger Matthew Scioli, 19, of North Reading, Mass., were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Scioli was released, but Gill was in critical condition, hospital officials said.

State Police Trooper Daniel Hanson responded to the crash that was reported at 10:25 p.m. Monday, according to a statement by Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Troopers are continuing their investigation.

McCausland said police suspect speed was a factor. Although the roads were slippery, he said, Route 114 had recently been treated.

State police are trying to determine where the teens were coming from, and they will also be performing a blood-alcohol test on the driver.

The teens, who lived in the dorms, had a 10:30 p.m. curfew at the academy, said Lisa Antell, the academy’s communications director. The students were roughly 15 miles away from the North Bridgton school when the crash happened.

Bridgton Academy offers boys a post-graduate year after high school. The school has not suffered a similar tragedy in 20 years, Antell said.

Academy officials broke the news of the boys’ deaths to students Tuesday morning at an all-school assembly. Most students had returned from holiday break the night before.

Antell said everyone at the school has been affected by the crash.

“Everyone’s friends here,” she said. “We’re a very close, a tight-knit community.”

All four were good students and played on the hockey team, Antell said.

“They were both doing extremely well here at Bridgton, and were very happy,” she said.

The school has a counselor on staff to meet with faculty or students, and all student advisers planned to meet with their advisees. A second all-school assembly was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, and there were also dorm meetings.