Lincoln Academy freshman Isabelle Manahan, 15, of Newcastle, has died of injuries suffered in a car crash in Edgecomb on Friday, June 8, according to a spokesperson for the family.
Three other girls who were in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rand Maker. Two were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, the third to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta.
The girls are in the same class, according to the spokesperson for the family, Jenny Mayher. Two are 15 and one is 14.
The names of the other three girls were not available. The sheriff’s office does not plan to release their names, according to Maker. The Lincoln County News is identifying Manahan at the request of the family.
Manahan was driving a 2006 Subaru station wagon north on Parsons Point Road, a narrow, residential road off Route 27, when the vehicle left the road and struck several trees, according to a press release from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brendan Kane.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that speed and driver inexperience are factors in this collision,” Kane said in the statement.
Manahan was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel, according to the press release. The Maine Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death and whether alcohol was a factor, although police do not believe it was.
“The investigation into the unlicensed operation and possession of the vehicle will continue with further interviews,” Kane said.
All four girls were wearing seat belts and the vehicle’s airbags deployed.
Isabelle Manahan is the daughter of Bryan Manahan and Carrie Levine, of Newcastle. Bryan Manahan is the head of the English Department at Lincoln Academy.
Lincoln Academy will open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, according to an email from Associate Head of School Andrew Mullin. The school will have counseling services available.
“Please respect the families involved regarding this incident,” Mullin said in the email. “Some aspects are difficult to contain, but we cannot provide additional details at this time.”
The Lincoln County Communications Center received a report of the crash at 2:02 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
The Boothbay Fire Department, Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, Edgecomb Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Wiscasset Ambulance Service responded to the scene. The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the crash reconstruction.
The road was shut down until 5:30 p.m.
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