Officials: Driver in Hope fatal accident was drunk

The pickup truck involved in the accident that killed three young people late Monday night in the town of Hope. (Photo courtesy of Maine State Police)
The pickup truck involved in the accident that killed three young people late Monday night in the town of Hope. (Photo courtesy of Maine State Police)
Posted Dec. 20, 2010, at 3:11 p.m.
A grade school picture of Katie Kelly rests next to flowers and letters from loved ones on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the site on Barnestown Road in Hope where Kelly, 17, died along with Daniel Dodge II, 21, and Misty Leach, 14. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
A grade school picture of Katie Kelly rests next to flowers and letters from loved ones on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the site on Barnestown Road in Hope where Kelly, 17, died along with Daniel Dodge II, 21, and Misty Leach, 14. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Rockland High School students Jessica Tyler, Fontana Jackson, Danielle Gargan and Brittany Young mourn the loss of their friends Daniel Dodge II, Katie Kelly and Misty Leach at the crash scene along Barnestown Road in Hope on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. All three were killed when the 1980 Ford F-150 pickup truck that Dodge was driving crashed in to a tree late Monday night.  (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Rockland High School students Jessica Tyler, Fontana Jackson, Danielle Gargan and Brittany Young mourn the loss of their friends Daniel Dodge II, Katie Kelly and Misty Leach at the crash scene along Barnestown Road in Hope on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. All three were killed when the 1980 Ford F-150 pickup truck that Dodge was driving crashed in to a tree late Monday night. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Mackenzie Kelly, 17, twin brother to Katie Kelly, puts a picture of his sister on a flower memorial on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the scene along Barnestown Road in Hope where she died along with Daniel Dodge II, 21, of Hope and Misty Leach, 14, of South Thomaston, when the pickup truck they were in crashed into a big tree. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Mackenzie Kelly, 17, twin brother to Katie Kelly, puts a picture of his sister on a flower memorial on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the scene along Barnestown Road in Hope where she died along with Daniel Dodge II, 21, of Hope and Misty Leach, 14, of South Thomaston, when the pickup truck they were in crashed into a big tree. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)

HOPE, Maine — A single-vehicle crash that killed three young people on Nov. 8 was caused by a drunken driver, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Daniel Dodge, 21, of Hope had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 — nearly double the state’s legal limit of 0.08 — when he crashed his 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck into a tree in Hope, killing himself and passengers Katie Kelly, 17, of Rockland and Misti Leach, 14, of South Thomaston.

Dodge was driving the truck from Rockland to his home, located three miles from the crash site, when the car “went out of control on the Barnestown Road, overturned onto its side and slid into a tree,” according to the Maine Department of Public Safety. “The two girls were killed instantly, and Dodge also died at the scene after being freed from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life.”

The speed of the truck could not be determined. Only Leach was wearing a seat belt.

Kelly was a Rockland District High School student, and Leach attended eighth grade at Rockland Middle School. The three crash victims were friends.

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