A 16-year-old Mount View High School student died in a car crash on his way to school Wednesday morning, a school official said.
Junior Riley Boulay of Liberty died when he lost control of his car on Route 220 in Montville, left the road and struck several trees, police said.
Another driver who witnessed the crash, which took place near the intersections of Randlett and Morse roads, reported it to police at 8:01 a.m., according to police.
That driver immediately pulled over and began to administer CPR to Boulay, according to Lt. Matt Curtis of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Another passing driver also pulled over to help try to revive Boulay.
When Waldo County sheriff’s deputies and rescuers from surrounding towns arrived, they took over the effort to resuscitate Boulay, but he died, Curtis said.
Speed appears to be the primary factor in the cause of the crash, Curtis said.
A school resource officer with the sheriff’s office notified the high school of Boulay’s death, according to Jean Skorapa, assistant superintendent at RSU 3.
“He was well known and well loved,” Skorapa said. “Our kids are supporting one another, and our staff is supporting our kids. It’s tough any time you lose a classmate.”
Students learned about the crash from their teachers, and they were dismissed from classes to gather in small homeroom groups to process the news, she said.
The school’s crisis response team — composed of counselors, administrators and nurses — has been made available to students and staff, she added.
Mount View High School, a few miles north of Montville in Thorndike, is still in session, and will remain open until 7 p.m. if “people want to stop by and chat, or [need] a soft place to land,” Skorapa said.
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