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Sebec car crash kills two

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 43, October 27, 2004

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

SEBEC A car crash in Sebec last week that killed two local men remains under investigation.

Police are trying to determine who was driving the vehicle when the vehicle crashed on the North Road in Sebec Wednesday, Oct. 20, according to Investigator Allen Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office.

Killed in the crash were Drake Martell, 21, of Sangerville and Elias Russell, 22, of Parkman, who suffered severe head and internal trauma. Both men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, police said.

Also in the vehicle, Heath St. Louis, 21, of Milo was taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and treated for cuts, abrasions and bruising, treated and released, Emerson said.

St. Louis has denied being the driver of the vehicle. He was found outside of the vehicle, walking, when police arrived on the scene, according to police.

"As far as where the three of them were sitting, that's under investigation," Emerson said.

The accident was reported at 4:11 p.m. The vehicle a 2004 Mazda four-door sedan, owned by Elias Russell and his father, David Russell was traveling east on North Road, when the driver lost control on a straight stretch of road. The vehicle veered off the road and struck an embankment in the ditch, which send the vehicle airborne. It turned end for end, Emerson said, before striking a pine tree about 20 feet in the air. The vehicle came to rest on the driver's side.

The Sebec Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene, followed by Dover-Foxcroft Fire Department, Mayo Regional Hospital Ambulance and the sheriff's department. State police Officer Marc Poulin worked last week on reconstructing the accident to determine speed and other factors that caused the crash, Emerson said.

Blood tests were taken on all three men. The tests on the deceased men will go to the state Medical Examiner's office, while St. Louis' test will go to a Department of Human Services lab. Whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash is under investigation.

Emerson said charges are pending in the crash.

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