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Car crash claims three teen-agers

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 52, December 25, 2002

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

DOVER-FOXCROFT Foxcroft Academy opened its doors Monday to allow students to gather and grieve the loss of three of its own in a tragic car accident Saturday night.

Azure Dillon, 18, of Exeter, RaeAnne Coleman, 14, of Charleston, and Daniel Doore, 17, of Barnard, died Saturday night when the car they were travelling in on the Sebec Shores Rd. in Guilford slid off the road at around 9 p.m., striking a tree and killing instantly all three passengers.

As Foxcroft Academy students and faculty, and the community as a whole, struggle to make sense of this tragic accident, those who knew the three students are saddened by the sudden loss.

Teri-Lynn Hall, whose daughter Courtney is a freshman at Foxcroft Academy, said Dillon often spent the night in the Hall's camper while competing at 4-H fairs across the state during the summer. Hall, a Charleston selectman, also knew Coleman through the young girl's family.

She said Monday that both girls had tremendous energy and enthusiasm, and had given much to the community in a short time. Hall said the world will never know how much was lost in the accident, as the girls seemed destined to use their gifts to enrich lives and better the world around them.

"Both the girls were just wonderful," said Hall. "They were exciting. They never ceased to amaze you with their capabilities."

Matt Hackett, Foxcroft Academy's assistant principal, remembered Doore, a student in the school's forestry program, as a "pleasant, delightful young man" who "always had a smile on his face".

"He was just a real good kid," said Hackett.

Dillon was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile sedan south on the road before she apparently lost control, turned sideways, and became airborne before striking a tree. All three were wearing their seatbelts, and speed appears to be a factor in the accident. The crash is currently under investigation by the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Dept. There was no indication that alcohol was a factor.

Headmaster Bob Coffill, who, along with Hackett and other Foxcroft faculty, spent Monday at the school with students, released a statement to the community that afternoon.

Coffill said, "Our prayers and thoughts continue to be focused on the families that have lost their loved ones. We are so appreciative of all the community support and love that has been offered us. We ask you all to keep us in your prayers during this trying time for Foxcroft Academy and the community. God Bless and thank you."

Foxcroft Academy has planned a school-wide memorial service to celebrate the lives of the three students for Jan. 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Students interested in planning this service can attend a meeting on Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. in the student center.

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