Two teens killed in West Paris crash

WEST PARIS, Maine — Two local teenagers are dead and two others are in the hospital after an early Saturday morning accident caused by drinking and text messaging while driving, Maine State Police Trooper Tom Welch said.

“Alcohol and distracted driving are the primary causation factors,” the trooper said.

State police got the call for help at around 12:15 a.m., and when they arrived they found a mangled Subaru Impreza at the foot of a bunch of trees off Route 219.

Passengers Logan Dam, 19, and Rebecca Mason, 16, a student at Oxford Hills Comprehsive High School, were both killed instantly, Welch said.

Driver Kristina Lowe, 18, and passenger Jacob Skaff, 22, of South Paris were both seriously injured. Lowe was taken to Maine Medical Center and was listed in serious condition at noontime and Skaff “had serious but non-life-threatening injuries,” the trooper said.

He is being treated at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

A state police accident reconstructionist is investigating the fatal crash.

“The car drifted off the roadway, struck a driveway … [and] went airborne,” Welch said. The vehicle “collided with a group of trees and came to rest at the base of the trees. The car actually hit the trees roof first.”

Lowe had been drinking and “she was texting,” the trooper said.

The deaths of the two teenagers are bound to have devastating effects on the the people who loved them and their communities, Welch said.

“This is just another one of those prime examples of why alcohol and distracted driving don’t mix,” he said. “That is why they are against the law.”

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Horrifying photos

I'm surprised anyone survived this crash at all.

As for charges, texting while driving and driving under the influence are against the law in Maine already-but I'm sure that the police and the DA will be investigating this fully before considering filing any charges against anyone.

Rushing to a quick assumption of guilt would be a mistake. There are still facts that have to be ascertained, and other parties will probably be identified as having a major role in this horrible accident.

The driver barely survived. I would not want to be in her shoes when she is released. Her life is really essentially ruined, and she will probably be paying a heavy toll for her major mistakes in judgement for the rest of her life.

The best we can do is let the authorities do their job, stay out of their way, and not rush to judgement in the mistaken belief that we all know better.

COLLEEN CALDEN's picture

Accident

I disagree with displaying the vehicle. Lets think about the families whose lives have been FOREVER changed by the deaths of their children. Why should they be traumatized more with such a gross display. I agree that more needs to be done to teach youngsters that drinking and driving can kill and that texting and driving can also kill, but putting the mangled car in front of the High School where everyone can see is not the answer. Regardless of how a child dies, the end result for the parents is the same...no future with their child. The families need to be thought of first and foremost. Adding to their burden is not a compassionate thing to do. Unfortunately in life we all make poor decisions at some time. Fortunately, some of us never have to pay with our lives or the lives of someone else.

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I lost my son...

not to a car accident but as a result of alcohol and a tragic flash decision. Nothing will ever kill the pain and to create such a display on a school yard may be graphic but does not really have a lasting impression on people who aren't really affected - only the pain of the loss of a child, sibling, best friend, etc does! The others just move on in life - very quickly i might add. I agree with Colleen...

Kim Waite's picture

We're not talking specifically

about this vehicle being displayed. We are talking about A vehicle that has been involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of the occupant(s).

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drinking and text messaging

This breaks my heart. How are we ever going to get through to people who choose to drink & drive, text & drive. The losses are so great, we see it over and over again. "It won't happen to me".....but it happens to those who least expect it. I am 45 years old and I know drinking & driving took place when I was younger, heck it still goes on now with people I know and love. My boys lost one of their best friends last March. No the friend was not driving but non the less, his life was still lost and has left a void for all who knew him. I am just at a loss as what we can do as a society to prevent these terrible things from happening. I know people need to be responsible for themselves and for others but it seems as though this is lost. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family and friends for all impacted by this horrible accident.

Kim Waite's picture

Maybe it's time for OHCHS...

...to put a mangled car from a drunk driving accident on the front lawn next to the school's sign, so the high schoolers and the adults that pass by each day can be reminded what happens when someone drinks & drives or drinks & texts while driving? A powerful image....one that won't be quickly forgotten, especially if a large sign is put next to the car, "Drunk driving kills". Of course, there will always be kids (and adults) who just don't think and who make bad choices, which saddens me so.

Waking up to the news of Logan & Becca's death has haunted me all day. My heart aches for their family and friends along with Kristina and Jake's too. :(

Mike Lachance's picture

Excellent idea Kim. The

Excellent idea Kim. The school seriously needs to consider this. If some find it too "awful" or "traumatizing" then it only goes to show how absolutely neccessary doing this is. Most teenagers do not (cannot) comprehend how mortal they are... (and many adults are also incapable of this), but primarily the young are more likely to lack the comprehension regarding fate, responsibility and carelessness. The mangled wreck would serve as a stark reminder that the seemingly trivial choices we make can have catastrophic results; changing lives forever.

Kim Waite's picture

We as parents need to call OHCHS

on Monday and our local police's non-emergency lines to see if they would be willing to do this! I was raised in Cumberland and Greely High School does this: they put a mangled car from a drunk driving wreck where a person or people died in it on the front lawn of the school so the high schoolers and those passing by can see what can result in a drunk driving accident. Maybe Mothers Against Drunk Driving are the ones who put the car there? Not sure, but nonetheless, I think it's time for a reality check for our young people. :D

JOANNE MOORE's picture

This is an excellent idea, Kim..

I agree it would send a very powerful message. Right now I am in tears reading about this. Such a tragedy. I pray for their families and loved ones.

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