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Driver charged in single-car crash that killed Farmington teen

Maine State Police | BDN
Maine State Police | BDN
A Dixfield high school senior died in a crash in Weld the evening of May 31, just a week before his graduation.
The Associated Press
Updated:

A Maine man who police say was drunk when he caused a crash that killed a man and injured another person has been arrested.

The Sun Journal reports 18-year-old Ethyn Boutte, formerly of Dixfield, was arrested at his home in Rumford Monday and charged with aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol resulting in death.

Maine State Police say a car driven by Boutte went out of control and struck a tree at around 11:30 pm May 31 in Weld. Griffyn Smith, 19, of Dixfield was killed in the crash. A second passenger, 17-year-old Alysa St. Cyr, also of Dixfield, was injured.

The crash happened on West Side Road, where the speed limit is 35 mph. According to troopers, the car was traveling at 71 mph when it went off the road.

Smith was a graduate of Dirigo High School in Dixfield and the others are students at the school.

Boutte was released on $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 25. Additional charges are expected, according to state police.

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