Corinth man dies from head injuries suffered when car hit tree

Posted June 02, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.

CORINTH, Maine – A local man died from severe head injuries suffered in a crash Sunday night, state police said Monday.

Jonathan Mabe, 27, of Corinth was pronounced dead at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after succumbing to his injuries overnight Sunday, said Trooper Christopher Hashey.

Mabe was traveling at a high rate of speed on White Schoolhouse Road when he lost control of his Volkswagen Jetta on a sharp left-hand turn and hit a tree at 8:30 p.m. The Jetta’s airbag deployed, but Mabe did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt, Hashey said.

Emergency responders found Mabe inside the vehicle. An ambulance took him to Eastern Maine Medical Center of Bangor.

“We are investigating whether he had a brake-failure issue,” Hashey said Monday.

The lack of skid marks at the scene and damage done to the Jetta lead police to suspect a brake line might have failed. The failure might have occurred when Mabe was driving fast out a long driveway of a friend’s home on White Schoolhouse Road and the Jetta bottomed out, Hashey said.

Hashey declined to comment further. The state police investigation continues.

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