STANDISH, Maine — Hundreds of Saint Joseph College students — classmates of Clark Noonan, a former Bangor High star athlete who died in a Saturday morning car crash — are traveling to Bangor to attend his memorial service and say their goodbyes.
“We’ve been told to expect 250 students busing up from St. Joe’s,” Pencil Boone, pastor of student ministries for Bangor Baptist Church, said just after noon Tuesday.
A public service in Noonan’s honor is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bangor Baptist Church, 1476 Broadway. Visiting hours are 4-6 p.m. at the church.
Noonan, 20, was a passenger in a Mazda 626 sedan that was speeding north on the Chadbourne Road, also known as Route 35, at around 1:30 a.m. near the college campus when it veered off the road, rolled over several times and became entangled in a chain-link fence.
Noonan, a sophomore business major and basketball player for the Monks, died at the scene.
Speed was a factor but few other details about the fatal crash are available, Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
“The recon piece, which will be the part that will bring out any possible criminal charges, takes awhile,” the police captain said, referring to the accident reconstruction investigation.
Early indications are that fellow student Tyler Hall, 19, of Pittston, who was driving, was not drinking, but a blood test was taken just to be sure, which is required whenever there is a fatal crash, Goulet said.
“It was unclear whether the rest of the people [in the car] may or may not have been” under the influence of alcohol, the police captain said.
St. Joseph’s students James Philbrook, 20, of Auburn and Terence Cullen, 21, of Iowa also were in the car. Hall, Philbrook and Cullen were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening after the rollover.
It typically takes several weeks before fatal vehicle crash investigations are done, Goulet said. “As a general rule, it takes 15 to 30 days before it’s done and presented to the DA [district attorney] for review,” Goulet said.
Noonan was a two-year varsity basketball player at Bangor High School, where as a senior in 2010 he earned Bangor Daily News third-team All-Maine recognition as well as All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team, all-defensive and all-academic honors.
A candlelight vigil was held Monday night at Saint Joseph’s College and a memorial service for Noonan will be held on campus at a later date, a college spokeswoman said.
In addition to Noonan’s college classmates, church officials also expect a number of his Bangor High teammates and classmates to attend the Tuesday night service.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
BDN writer Andrew Neff contributed to this report.
An early version of this story requires clarification. Mazda’s 626 is a sedan, not a sports car.