HARRISON – The manufacturer of Robert Lapointe’s cigarette boat, which was involved in a deadly collision here Saturday night, said the craft was too big and too powerful for narrow Long Lake.

David Donchecz, chief operating officer of Michigan-based Sunsation Powerboats, is originally from Bangor and familiar with the lake. He said Thursday that he thought the high-performance 32-foot Dominator, which is the model owned by Lapointe, is really too much boat with too much capacity for speed for such a narrow, congested body of water.

Long Lake stretches 11 miles through Harrison, Bridgton and Naples, and is between one quarter and a half-mile wide. On any given summer weekend it can have hundreds of watercraft on it, the Warden Service said. The lake is popular, in part, because it connects to Brandy Pond in Naples from where boaters can travel the Songo River to and from Sebago Lake.

Lapointe, 38, of Bridgton and Medway, Mass., was identified by the Maine Warden Service on Thursday as the owner of the twin 435-horsepower engine craft that struck Terry Raye Trott’s 14-foot Glasspar runabout just after 9 p.m. Saturday in the middle of the lake. Authorities believe the smaller boat was sliced in two by the collision.

Trott, 55, of Naples and his companion, Suzanne Groetzinger, 44, of Berwick, were killed in the wreck.

With Lapointe in his boat was Nicole Randall, 19, of Bridgton, the Warden Service announced Thursday. Both Lapointe and Randall were apparently thrown from the Dominator, landed in the water and swam safely to shore. They were treated for minor injuries.

According to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Trott suffered severe injuries to his buttocks and drowned after his boat was struck. Groetzinger died of blunt force trauma to her head.

Contacted at their home in Massachusetts on Thursday, Lapointe’s wife, Heather, referred all calls to the family’s attorney, J. Albert Johnson.

Johnson, who described his Boston-based practice as particularly busy with criminal trial work, said the wreck “is indeed a tragic accident with a terrible loss of life which is under intensive investigation by my office at this time.”

Johnson, who said he tries cases in 33 states, declined further comment.

Robert Lapointe is executive vice president of Comptel Services, based in Holliston, Mass., a vendor in new and used Nortel communications equipment.

Nicole Randall is employed at her family-owned Harrison Marina on the north end of Long Lake. She graduated from Lake Region High School in 2006.

Phone and e-mail messages left for her Thursday by the Sun Journal were not returned.

The Dominator involved in Saturday’s wreck is not registered in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, but Lapointe does own two other boats there, both 18-foot Skeeter freshwater boats. One is a 1999 model and the other a 2002. The Dominator, which had reportedly been slipped at the Harrison Marina, is not registered in Harrison.

The Lapointes, who moved to Medway from Framingham, Mass., in 2005, own a number of properties in the Bridgton area, the first of which they purchased in 1999 along Buzzell Road. Their most recent purchase was in 2004 for property on Brick Yard Hill.

The collision occurred near the middle of the lake south of Bear Point on the east shore and no far from the Naples town line, officials have said. The Dominator landed 134 feet into woods near Bear Point Road.

Groetzinger was a bartender at Bray’s Brew Pub and Eatery in Naples and had only recently begun dating Trott, according to those who knew the couple. Their bodies were recovered Tuesday by divers from the Maine Warden Service, which had scoured a 150-acre section of the lake looking for them and for crash debris.

Game wardens were still at the scene Thursday, continuing work to retrieve debris from the lake bottom. The Warden Service will reconstruct the crash as part of its investigation.

Jennifer Norbert, the assistant district attorney in Cumberland County working with the Warden Service on the ongoing criminal investigation of the crash, said Thursday that no charges have been filed against any of the people involved.

“I’m committed to make sure that if there are people that are responsible for what happened on Saturday night that the investigation into that is complete,” she said. “It’s an open and active investigation, and if there are possible charges to be brought we are going to do everything in our power to have it completely investigated for both sides.”

The Warden Service, at the direction of Norbert, withheld the names of the people involved in the crash for four days because releasing them may have inhibited certain witnesses from coming forward, Norbert said.

Regional Editor Scott Thistle contributed to this report.



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