DEDHAM, Maine — A torrential downpour and worn tires were cited as two factors that contributed to a deadly crash on U.S. Route 1A that claimed the lives of a family of three from Jonesport, Deputy Chris Thornton of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
Carlos A. Tapia, 34, his wife, Rachelle Tapia, 23, and Rachelle Tapia’s 4-year-old daughter, Mackenzie Gray, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred on Sept. 14 when the car they were riding in collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by Stephen Glickman of Orono. Glickman, 43, suffered ankle and leg injuries.
The crash happened a little more than a mile past the Lucerne Inn, when Carlos Tapia, who was driving south, failed to negotiate a slight curve in the roadway, crossed over the centerline and into the path of Glickman’s pickup, according to police.
Though the accident investigation indicated that Tapia was not driving in excess of the posted speed limit, Thornton said he likely was driving too fast for the road conditions at the time.
The deaths shocked and saddened the communities of Jonesport and Beals. The Tapias had just married at the end of June.
Carlos Tapia, a native of Peru, became a U.S. citizen and joined the Coast Guard. He was stationed in Jonesport when he died. Rachelle Parker Tapia, a Beals Island native, was a senior nursing student at Husson University in Bangor and also worked full time at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.