CONNOR TOWNSHIP, Maine — Speed and ice were factors in a single-vehicle crash that took the life of a Perham teenager Monday afternoon in this township abutting Caribou, according to police.
Stephen McCausland, spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday that the crash that killed 18-year-old Felicia D. Cochran occurred just after 3 p.m.
Cochran was eastbound on Jemtland Road in her 1999 Ford Windstar when she lost control of the minivan while trying to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway on the south side and struck a tree head-on.
Cochran suffered severe trauma from the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene, said McCausland. She was alone in the minivan, which had extensive damage to the passenger compartment and roof.
Members of the Caribou Fire Department and North Lakes Fire Department who went to the scene needed hydraulic equipment to extricate Cochran from the vehicle.
McCausland said Cochran was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash, although he was not immediately sure why it had been suspended.
According to an obituary published in Wednesday’s edition of the Bangor Daily News, Cochran was a 2010 graduate of Washburn District High School. She was attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle, aspiring to become a secondary school math teacher.
Maine State Police Trooper Kim Espling investigated, assisted by Trooper Dan Marquis and Warden Ryan Fitzpatrick.