SANFORD (AP) – The 20-year-old Kennebunk man killed in the crash of a sport utility vehicle was a Marine on leave after returning from service in Iraq, authorities said.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Kinney died when a Jeep Cherokee that was being pursued by police went off the road and hit a tree. Three other people were injured in the accident shortly after 3 a.m. Monday.

Kennebunk Police Capt. Michael LeBlanc said one of his department’s officers parked alongside Route 99 clocked the SUV at 92 mph on radar.

The officer attempted to stop the Jeep but the driver kept going. Investigators weren’t sure who was behind the wheel.

Kinney was a member of the Marines’ 2nd Combat Battalion based at Camp LeJeune, N.C., Staff Sgt. Jay Connolly said Tuesday.

Kinney joined the Marine Corps in November, 2001, the same year he graduated from Kennebunk High School. In the Marines he earned a National Defense Medal and a rifle sharpshooting badge, Connolly said.

Injured in the crash were Jared Whelpley, 22, and Kayla Tufts, who were being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and Gary Tetrault, 20, who was treated at Goodall Hospital. All are from Kennebunk.

AP-ES-06-10-03 1254EDT



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