May 26, 2018
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Teen in critical condition after pickup crash

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

WALLAGRASS, Maine — A teenager from New Brunswick remained in critical condition at a Bangor hospital Monday evening after he was thrown from an out-of-control vehicle driven by another teenager.

State police Sgt. Tom Pelletier said Monday that the accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Strip Road and New Canada Road.

According to Pelletier, John Michael Fongemie, 16, of Edmundston, New Brunswick, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup north on New Canada Road when he lost control of the truck while trying to negotiate a curve.

The vehicle skidded across the intersection of Strip Road, struck a guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment, Pelletier said.

Steve Daigle, 19, of Edmundston was a passenger in the vehicle.

Pelletier said that Daigle was thrown from the truck after it struck the guardrail. Daigle was not wearing a seat belt and suffered “very serious injuries,” according to the sergeant. The victim was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

A spokesman for the hospital listed Daigle in critical condition just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Fongemie, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries, Pelletier said. Fongemie was taken by Fort Kent Ambulance to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. He later was transferred to Edmundston Hospital.

A hospital official said Monday evening that he could not comment on whether Fongemie remained a patient at the facility.

The investigation is ongoing. The state police were assisted by members of the Fort Kent Police Department and Maine Warden Service.

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