Minot crash victim dies


MINOT – Kurt Therriault, the Auburn man who crashed on Center Minot Hill Road Tuesday, died Wednesday afternoon at a Lewiston hospital.

Police said the 23-year-old Therriault died at Central Maine Medical Center with his family nearby.

Police said Therriault suffered extensive head and other injuries when he crashed a Volkswagen Jetta at about noon Tuesday.

The car plunged down a 12-foot embankment, where it struck a tree and then flipped onto a pond, investigators said. Therriault was taken by emergency helicopter to CMMC, where he died at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Therriault had remained in critical condition overnight at the hospital before he succumbed.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Detective Rielly Bryant. “He suffered some very severe injuries. It’s another tragedy.”

The Sheriff’s Department was investigating the cause of the wreck. It remained unknown what might have caused Therriault to lose control of the car near the intersection at Marston Hill Road.

Therriault crashed at the bottom of a slope in the roadway where it curves to the left, police said. It was not immediately clear if road conditions following a Monday snowstorm contributed to the accident.

When he crashed, Therriault was driving a car owned by Crystal Beauchesne, the Auburn woman he planned to marry, according to a friend of the couple.

According to the friend and police, Therriault worked as a dental hygienist, following his parents into the field of medicine. His mother is a nurse and his father an emergency medical technician in Minot, they said.