April 21, 2018
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Wallagrass crash victim still in critical condition

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

WALLAGRASS, Maine — A New Brunswick teenager who was severely injured in a single-vehicle accident here on Aug. 1 remained in critical condition at a Bangor hospital Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he was thrown from the vehicle during the crash.

Steve Daigle, 19, has been listed in critical condition since the accident occurred just before 11 a.m. that day at the intersection of Strip Road and New Canada Road. He was a passenger in the vehicle driven by John Michael Fongemie, 16, of Edmundston, New Brunswick.

According to state police Sgt. Tom Pelletier, Fongemie was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup north on New Canada Road when he lost control of the truck 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.

Daigle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck after it struck the guardrail. He was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

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 and was released shortly after the accident.

Pelletier said that Fongemie was driving at a “high rate of speed” at the time of the crash. The two were in the area just “riding around,” he said, and police do not suspect that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Fongemie was unfamiliar with the area, according to Pelletier, and at 16 was not an experienced driver.

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