June 23, 2018
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20-year-old Oakland woman dies in high-speed crash in Belgrade

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELGRADE, Maine — An Oakland woman was killed instantly in a high-speed car crash late Saturday night that left two other people in the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries.

Police said the woman’s brother, who fled the scene and reportedly wasn’t badly injured, was at the wheel.

Kristin Lawler, 20, was in the front passenger seat of the 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by Travis Lawler, 22. He is from Oakland but now is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and is based in North Carolina, Maine State Police Spokesman Stephen McCausland said Sunday afternoon.

Travis Lawler was driving on Horse Point Road in Belgrade at a little before 11 p.m. when he went off the road on a curve and struck a large tree.

Police received a call that there was a crash with victims trapped inside and sent a crew to help extricate them.

Jackson Bolduc, 25, of Belgrade, was in the back seat and suffered life-threatening injuries, McCausland said. He was initially taken to the MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus in Waterville for treatment but then was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight.

Dillon Desroches, 20, no hometown given, also was in the backseat. He suffered serious injuries and was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Lewiston for treatment.

Travis Lawler had fled the scene when police arrived, McCausland said, but he was located by Maine State Troopers a short time later.

“Excessive speed and alcohol are going to be the causes of this crash,” McCausland said. “At this point, there is nothing indicating that there have been charges filed.”

The crash remains under investigation, he said.

Crews from the Belgrade Fire Department and Delta Ambulance assisted at the scene, along with about six troopers, he said.

Kristin Lawler graduated from Messalonskee High School in 2010, according to her Facebook page.

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