SANDY RIVER PLANTATION — A Maine State Police report on a Feb. 1 double-fatal automobile accident in Sandy River Plantation shows a car driven by a teenager was heading south on Route 4 when it went out of control on an icy, curved roadway, crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips died in a car crash Feb. 1.

The vehicle driven by Kaylee Knight, 18, of Chesterville was traveling too fast for road conditions, which included ice and frost, according to the report.

Several people in both vehicles were injured, and two Mt. Abram High School students died.

The accident occurred at about 8:45 p.m., when a 2017 Toyota Avalon being driven north by Karl Crute, 79, and carrying his wife, Laraine Crute, 79, collided with the 2009 Pontiac G6 driven by Knight as it traveled south.

The most damage to Knight’s vehicle was on the rear driver’s side, where Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong was seated behind the driver, and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips was next to him, in the middle back seat. Both died in the accident. Neither was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

The two other passengers in Knight’s car were Tucker Plouffe, 16, who was in the front passenger seat, and Brenden Williamson, 16, who was in the rear passenger seat.


Police think Williamson received a serious injury and Knight and Plouffe had possible injuries. They were wearing  seat belts.

The most damage to the Crute’s vehicle was in the front. Both Crutes, residents of Cushing, suffered serious injuries. Karl Crute was not wearing a seat belt, unlike his wife, according to the report.

Deckard-Madore was a senior at Mt. Abram Regional High School in Salem Township, where he played varsity basketball.

Morgan, who was a sophomore at Mt. Abram, played basketball and was a consistent honor roll student.

Knight is a senior at Mt. Abram and plays on the girls varsity basketball team.

The car Knight was driving is owned by Shane Knight of Chesterville.

The crash remains under investigation.

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