Second passenger dies after drunken high-speed crash in Belgrade, police say

Posted June 18, 2012, at 10:52 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A second person is dead in a high-speed automobile accident that took the life of an Oakland woman late Saturday, according to police.

Jackson Bolduc, 25, of Belgrade, a passenger in a car driven by Travis Lawler, 22, also of Belgrade, died of his injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Bolduc was seriously injured when Lawler’s vehicle struck a tree at a high rate of speed on Saturday. Lawler’s sister, Kristin, 20, of Belgrade was killed instantly.

Travis Lawler fled the scene after the accident, McCausland said. He was found with minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

A third passenger in the car, Dylan Desroches, 20, of Waterville remains at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with serious injuries, McCausland said, but is expected to survive.

Bolduc was initially taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer campus in Waterville but was taken by LifeFlight to Bangor. None of the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

Speed and alcohol were primary factors in the crash, according to McCausland. Charges are pending against Lawler, but the crash report is being reviewed by the district attorney’s office, a process McCausland believes will take a couple weeks.

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