Two teens die after crash in Steuben Tuesday night

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 26, 2009, at 12:38 p.m.

STEUBEN, Maine — Two teenagers have died as a result of a crash Tuesday night at the junction of Route 1 and the East Side Road.

Zachary Dean, 17, of Columbia Falls and Morgan Parritt, 15, of Steuben died as a result of the collision at the intersection, which occurred at around 9:30 p.m.

They were in a 2001 Chevy Cavalier with a 12-year-old girl, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

“The Chevy Cavalier, driven by Zachary Dean, was traveling at a high rate of speed down the East Side Road heading toward Route 1 and failed to stop at the stop sign,” Deputy Chief Mike St. Louis of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, said Wednesday morning.

The car pulled into the path of Brooke Burgess, 31, of Steuben, who was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty on Route 1 and couldn’t avoid crashing into the car’s driver’s side, St. Louis said.

Burgess was traveling with her husband and daughter at the time of the crash, none of whom were injured, according to the press release.

“The fatalities are a result of severe head trauma,” St. Louis said.

Dean was pronounced dead at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and Parritt died at East-ern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The 12-year-old girl in Dean’s car also suffered head injuries, St. Louis said.

The girl was in stable condition by midafternoon Wednesday, St. Louis said.

It was not known if the teens were wearing seat belts, he said. He did say alcohol use did not appear to be a factor.

“It’s still under investigation,” he said.

A large number of emergency responders worked as hard as they could to free the teens and save their lives, St. Louis said.

“Jaws [of Life extrication devices] from two agencies were used,” he said. “Steuben and Cherryfield fire department worked to extricate everybody.”

Local crews were assisted by Maine State Police, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters from Cherryfield and Milbridge, and Pleasant River Ambulance and County Ambulance.

“They did the best they could,” St. Louis said.

A large crowd of locals gathered Tuesday night at the crash scene, and included Town Clerk Julie Ginn, who also is a fire department employee.

“They were kids and have a lot of friends,” she said Wednesday morning. “It was just a sad scene.”

BDN reporter Rich Hewitt and photographer Bridget Brown contributed to this report.

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