Police say drinking, texting to blame for fatal crash in West Paris

WEST PARIS — Two teenagers were killed early Saturday and two other people were injured in a car crash that police say was caused by drinking and texting.

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Two western Maine teenagers were killed when this Subaru Impreza crashed on Route 219 in West Paris early Saturday morning. The 18-year-old driver had been drinking and was texting at the time of the crash, police say.

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Two western Maine teenagers were killed when this Subaru Impreza crashed on Route 219 in West Paris early Saturday morning. The 18-year-old driver had been drinking and was texting at the time of the crash, police say.

Logan Dam, 19, of Norway and Rebecca Mason, 16, of West Paris were killed when the 2002 Subaru Impreza they were riding in went out of control, became airborne and crashed roof-first into a stand of trees off Route 219 just after midnight, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Driver Kristina Lowe, 18, of West Paris, was seriously injured and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was listed in critical condition.

A third passenger, Jacob Skaff, 22, of South Paris, sustained head injuries. He walked away from the scene and was found by police mid-day Saturday at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. By Saturday evening, he had been treated and released.

Police say the driver had been drinking at an underage party on Morse Hill Road. The group was returning to the party.

Police say the driver was texting when the crash occurred.

No charges have been filed, but McCausland said both the crash and the underage drinking party are under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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David  Cote's picture

Due process

Dan, I understand your outrage of the situation. However there is due process that must be followed and that includes a comprehensive investigation. And Ron, Al and everyone posting on this story have all made excellent points. It's going to take time and a lot of questions to be asked and answered to sort it all out. One question that surely will be explored is who was putting on this underage drinking party. Seems to me that person, or people need to be held accountable for this tragedy as well. And to all the victim's families go my deepest sympathies.

Jennifer Chretien's picture

Dan, Take a deep breath...it

Dan, Take a deep breath...it hasn't even been 48 hours. Give the police a chance to give all the evidence to the district attorney, it's his/her job to officially file charges against a person. Wait a few days before you give yourself a stroke freaking out about something that may take a few days to happen. There was an accident here in August where a young girl was killed when a tractor trailer full of wood chips took a corner too fast an tipped over landing on the vehicle she was riding in. It was only in the last 4-6 weeks that they decided whether or not to file charges. This stuff doesn't happen overnight. Besides if they make these decisions too fast and don't have all the i's dotted and t's crossed the defense attorney will find the mistakes and the person goes free. I'd rather let them do it right and have the charges stick but that's just me.

Mark Elliott's picture

Maybe, Dan, they're thinking

Maybe, Dan, they're thinking they'll use a bit of common sense and wait till the investigation is finished before filing charges?

Mark Elliott's picture

There you go putting words in

There you go putting words in my mouth again Dan, they will file charges when there is sufficient evidence to do so...........

AL PELLETIER's picture

Outrage

Dan, I can understand your outrage. As you know I have been tying to put a fire under some lawmakers ass to introduce a bill banning cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. This tragic accident just might fan that fire.
I think the police may want to let the dust settle a little and do a thorough investigation, plus I understand the driver is in serious condition. If she is conscious and knows she killed two of her friends placing her under arrest at this very moment might hinder her recovery. I'm sure if she pulls through they'll throw the book at her as she truly deserves.

 's picture

And you think...

...passing a law will stop texting and talking on the phone while driving? Let me ask - do you really stop at stop signs - do you run red lights - do you obey the speed limit - do you always use turn signals - you get the point.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Laws

Bob, if your asking me directly if I obey these traffic laws, yes I do and have been for 50 years. I know passing a law won't stop everyone from breaking it, but I do know that since the seat belt law was enacted compliance has become very good and many lives have been saved.

RONALD RIML's picture

Simmer down, Dan

It's up to the DA as to what charges are ultimately filed.

Immediacy is not a requirement - that it be done properly is.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Ron, I agree with your post

Ron, I agree with your post 100%. Since this so seldom occurs, I want to make that statement in person, and not merely as a thumb's up.

RONALD RIML's picture

LOL

LOL - That is a rather 'Remarkable' event...... ;)

Mike Lachance's picture

Ron, sometimes we DO all

Ron, sometimes we DO all agree on some things..
;)

 's picture

My heart....

aches and my stomach wretching! Too young, too tragic... God have mercy upon these families and young people - may they find some comfort and peace in you!

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