Funeral arrangements set for teens killed in Carmel crash

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 8:32 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — The two Hermon High School students who died Monday night in a car crash in Carmel will be laid to rest after a funeral service Saturday at a Hermon church.

James McPhearson, 16, of Levant and Richard Picken Jr., 14, of Carmel were killed instantly Monday night when the car they were in struck a utility pole on Irish Road, Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday.

The boys, who were soon to become stepbrothers, were killed instantly when the car they were in struck a utility pole on Irish Road, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The boys had just left McPhearson’s home in Levant and were headed to Picken’s residence in Carmel to retrieve a printer needed for a school project when the accident happened shortly after 9 p.m., McCausland said.

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A service honoring their lives has been scheduled for 11 a.m. at Hermon Baptist Church on Route 2, with Pastors Garnett Chute and Chuck Langbein presiding, according to obituaries submitted Wednesday to the Bangor Daily News.

The two will be buried at Waugh Cemetery in Levant. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service of Bangor. Condolences may be offered at

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