Warren residents injured in fatal car crash

Sep 20, 2019
Courtesy of: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office The driver of a car that crashed Thursday night in South Bristol was killed.

South Bristol — Two people from Warren were injured Thursday night, Sept. 19, in a car crash that resulted in the death of a South Bristol man.

Austin Eugley, 21, of South Bristol, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 129 in South Bristol, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. He was the driver of the vehicle, according to the release from Chief Deputy Rand Maker.

Jacob Overlock, 19, of Warren, Ashley Sherman, 20, of Warren and Gabrielle Staples, 19, of of Boothbay were taken by ambulance to Lincoln Health Miles Campus in Damariscotta with minor, non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office. A fourth passenger,19-year-old Adrian Phaenephom, of Searsmont, fled the scene, according to police and thus his condition was not known.

Lincoln County Communications Center received a 911 call from a resident on Route 129 in South Bristol at 9:29 p.m. Thursday reporting the crash. Deputies responded to the area and located a single vehicle that had crashed near the intersection with Poseidon Lane.

The preliminary investigation determined that Eugley was traveling south on Route 129 operating a 2004 Volvo S80 sedan at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control on a curve and the car went off the road, where it began to roll and struck a large tree before landing on its side in the northbound ditch. Police say they do not know if Eugley was wearing his seat belt.

Speed is considered a factor in this crash and investigators will examine the possibility of alcohol involvement. As in all fatal crash investigations, a blood sample will be used to determine the driver's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Police said they believed the passengers were not wearing seat belts.

Deputy Chase Bosse` is the primary investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Matthew Day, Deputy Caleb Fortin and Lt. Brendan Kane. A reconstruction is being conducted by crash reconstruction specialist Deputy Brian Carlton of the Sagadahoc Sheriff’s Department. Officer Lucas Shirland of the Topsham Police Department also assisted at the scene, with his K-9 searching for Phaenephom.

Also assisting at the scene were members of the South Bristol Fire and first responders, Bristol Fire Central Lincoln County Ambulance, and Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Sep 22, 2019 07:41

So very very sad.

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