ST. FRANCIS, Maine — Police said speed was a factor in a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old St. John man in St. Francis on Friday morning.
State Police Sgt. Brian Harris said the crash that claimed the life of Aaron Charette took place at 1 a.m.
Harris said Charette was southbound on Main Street in his 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse when he lost control of the vehicle and skidded off the opposite side of the roadway. The vehicle careened through the ditch and into several trees, sustaining substantial damage.
Charette suffered severe trauma and injuries as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Charette’s passenger, Joshua Pelletier, 21, also of St. John, suffered multiple non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for further care.
He was listed in fair condition at 3 p.m. Friday at EMMC.
Extrication equipment was used to free both men from the wreckage. It was not immediately known if they were wearing seat belts.
The car was deemed a total loss.
Trooper Dan Marquis was assisted at the scene by Trooper Stan Jandreau and Harris along with personnel from the St. Francis Fire Department, Fort Kent Ambulance and Fort Kent Fire Departments.