EAST MACHIAS, Maine — Maine State Police say speed and alcohol likely were factors in a fatal crash in East Machias late Sunday morning that killed Francis Finn, 16, of Whiting.
Finn was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Aaron Foss, 20, of East Machias that went out of control and crashed on Route 191 in Washington County about 11:40 a.m. Foss suffered minor injuries in the crash. Finn was killed instantly, police say.
Trooper Reid Bond said Foss was driving his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado at a high rate of speed when the truck went airborne on a slight knoll and then crashed into a utility pole and a tree.
Bond will complete his accident investigation report and present it to the District Attorney’s Office for review before any decision is made about whether to bring charges against Foss.
Foss was treated for bumps and bruises at Downeast Community Hospital in Machias and then released.
According to an obituary submitted to the Bangor Daily News on Monday afternoon, Francis Joseph Finn was a student at Washington Academy, where he was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. A basketball game between Washington Academy and Mount Desert Island scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed because of the death.
The obituary notes that Frank enjoyed the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. He also was a fan of motorsports.
He is survived by his mother, Marie, two brothers and a sister.
Viewing will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Machias. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Machias. Condolences may be left at bragdonkelley.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. The driver of the pickup, Aaron Foss of East Machias, is 20, not 21.