June 25, 2018
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Washington Academy cancels classes for funeral services of student killed in crash

By Tom Walsh, BDN Staff

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — Classes at Washington Academy in East Machias won’t be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, so students can attend the funeral of a classmate killed Sunday in a fatal accident on Route 191 in Washington County.

Maine State Police say the accident involved alcohol and excessive speed.

Francis Finn, 16, of Whiting was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Aaron Foss, 20, of East Machias when Foss lost control of the vehicle at about 11:40 a.m., leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree and a utility pole. Finn was killed instantly, police say. Foss suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at Down East Community Hospital in Machias.

Washington County District Attorney Carletta Bassano said Tuesday afternoon that she’s awaiting the results of a Maine State Police investigation into the fatality before making any decisions on charging Foss. That process, she said, could take months.

Judson McBrine, head of school at Washington Academy, said Tuesday morning that many students there took advantage Monday of one-on-one grief counseling sessions staged in the school’s cafeteria. Banners were hung there to allow students to leave messages of condolence for the Finn family. The teenager’s mother, Marie Finn, is a special education teacher at Washington Academy.

Extracurricular activities, including scheduled sporting events, were cancelled after Finn’s death and will resume on Thursday, McBrine said.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Machias, will be followed by a reception at Washington Academy.

Finn is survived by his mother, two brothers and a sister.

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