Second man dies from Bangor crash

A Cadillac rests against 40 High Street on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 where James Blakeman, 23, fatally crashed the car and critically injured his passenger, Stephen Bowers. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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A Cadillac rests against 40 High Street on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 where James Blakeman, 23, fatally crashed the car and critically injured his passenger, Stephen Bowers. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
Posted Nov. 17, 2009, at 9:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The passenger in a high-speed crash last week on High Street that killed the driver instantly has died.

Stephen Bowers Jr., 24, of Bangor, suffered critical injuries in the Nov. 11 crash that killed James Blakeman Jr., 23, also of Bangor, who was behind the wheel.

Bowers, who was a 2004 graduate of Brewer High School, died on Sunday at Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to his obituary.

He and Blakeman were students at Eastern Maine Community College, where Bowers had earned metal fabrication and welding certificates. He planned to study engineering at the University of Maine, his obituary says.

Blakeman was a computer technology student, and after making errors in his youth, had turned his life around, his uncle Dave Blakeman of Bangor, recently said.

“We’re going to miss him terribly,” he said.

The accident reconstruction team for Bangor Police Department is conducting mechanical tests on the Cadillac Blakeman was driving, but those test results are not complete, Sgt. Paul Edwards said on Tuesday.

“We’re going over the whole car,” he said. “They are working with the car doing testing, and that car has an onboard computer, like a black box. What’s in it, I don’t know.”

The onboard computer should be able to give investigators details about the moments before the crash, he said.

Blakeman, who had a history of speeding violations, ran a red light at the corner of Hammond and Ohio streets on Nov. 11 and crashed his Cadillac into a building at 40 High St., which is on a sharp corner.

Because of the severity of Bowers’ injuries, police were not able to interview him, Edwards said.

Bangor’s accident reconstruction team is working with detectives from the Maine State Police criminal investigation division and personnel from the state medical examiner’s office.

Without interviewing the passenger and without the final report, which will include mechanical and toxicology test results as well as eyewitness accounts, it’s impossible to draw a conclusion as to why Blakeman went speeding through the intersection and crashed.

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

Blakeman’s funeral was held Monday. Friends and family of Bowers are invited to the Brookings-Smith Family Center at 133 Center St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. His funeral is noon Saturday at the chapel next door, and doors open at 11 a.m.

nricker@bangordailynews.net

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