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Police say speed, inexperience led to fatal crash that injured couple

By Stephen Betts | Apr 11, 2021

Sandy River Plantation — A fatal crash more than two months ago in western Maine that killed two teenagers and injured a Cushing couple was caused by a teen driver's speed and inexperience, according to state police.

State police released the information April 9 in connection to a Feb. 1 crash in Sandy River Plantation.

According to state police, a 2009 Pontiac G6 was traveling south on Route 4, driven by Kaylee Knight, 18, of Chesterville with four teenaged passengers.

Her vehicle struck a 2017 Toyota Avalon, driven by Karl Crute, 79, with his wife Laraine Crute, 79, as a passenger.

Two passengers in the vehicle driven by Knight were killed: Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips. The other teens were injured.

The Crutes were injured, taken to a hospital and discharged.

At this time she has not been charged. A report was submitted to the district attorney's office for 's review.


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