Car was going too fast for icy conditions in Sandy River Plantation fatal crash, says state police report

Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine
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Feb. 23—SANDY RIVER PLANTATION — A Maine State Police report on a Feb. 1 double fatal accident indicates that a car driven by a teenager was heading south on Route 4 when it went out of control on an icy, curved roadway, crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

According to the report, the vehicle driven by Kaylee Knight, 18, of Chesterville was going too fast for the road surface, which was described as having ice and frost on it.

Several people in both vehicles were injured, and two Mt. Abram High School students died.

The accident happened at about 8:45 p.m. when a 2017 Toyota Avalon driven north on Route 4 toward Rangeley by Karl Crute, 79, and carrying his wife, Laraine Crute, 79, collided with the 2009 Pontiac G6 driven by Knight as it traveled south toward Phillips.

The most damage to the Knight vehicle was on the rear driver's side where Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong sat behind the driver, and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips sat next to him in the middle back seat. Both died in the accident. Neither was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

The two other passengers in Knight's car were Tucker Plouffe, 16, who was in the front, passenger seat, and Brenden Williamson, 16, who was in the rear, passenger seat. It was suspected that Williamson received a serious injury and Knight and Plouffe had possible injuries. They were wearing seatbelts.

The most damage to the Crute's vehicle was in the front. Both Crutes, residents of Cushing, received serious injuries. Carl Crute was not wearing a seatbelt but his wife was, according to the report.

Deckard-Madore was a senior at Mt. Abram Regional High School in Salem Township, where he played varsity basketball. Morgan, who was a sophomore at Mt. Abram, played basketball and was a consistent honor roll student.

Knight is a senior at Mt. Abram and plays on the girls varsity basketball team.

The car Knight was driving is owned by Shane Knight of Chesterville.