October 18, 2019
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Police: Driver in fatal Belfast crash driving at least 80 mph

BELFAST, Maine — The driver in a car crash that left one man dead and three people injured on May 14 may have been traveling at nearly twice the speed limit, according to a police accident report.

Chelsea Larrabee, 19, whose address was not immediately available, was driving west on Route 52 at a few minutes after midnight that Saturday when she veered off the road on the right, according to the report obtained Monday from the Belfast Police Department. It was rainy and the road was wet, the report said, and Larrabee apparently overcorrected and went off the road on the left hand side. Police said she was traveling at least 80 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The red 2008 Pontiac rolled off the road and through a field. Passenger Christopher Wiley, 19, of Searsport was ejected from the backseat and suffered a fatal head injury. Cheyenne J. Larrabee, 23, identified by police as the driver’s cousin, but whose hometown was not available, was sitting on the passenger’s side and was partially ejected from the car. Neither she nor Wiley were wearing seat belts, according to the police report. Cheyenne Larrabee broke bones and suffered other injuries serious enough for her to be taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to the police report.

An EMMC official said Monday that the hospital had no information about Cheyenne Larrabee.

Chelsea Larrabee and Carl C. Mcintire, 24, another backseat passenger whose address wasn’t immediately available, were wearing seat belts and were not thrown from the car. They suffered non-incapacitating injuries, according to the police report.

A Maine State Police accident reconstruction specialist determined Larrabee’s speed from statements made at the scene of the crash and from marks found both on and off the road.

Chelsea Larrabee’s blood was tested for both alcohol and drugs, with results still pending, according to Belfast police. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed yet, police said.

 



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