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Dirigo High School graduate killed in Weld crash

A 2005 Toyota Corolla that crashed on the West Side Road in Weld last night. A 19-year-old Dixfield resident was killed. (Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Public Safety)

WELD - A 19-year-old Dixfield resident was killed and two other people were injured after a fatal crash on West Side Road Thursday evening. Investigators believe that speed was a likely cause for the incident.

According to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland, Griffyn Smith, 19 of Dixfield, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the West Side Road at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Smith, a passenger in the 2005 Toyota Corolla, had graduated from Dirigo High School two years ago.

The vehicle is believed to have been operated by Ethyn Buotte, 18 of Dixfield. Also in the vehicle was Smith and a second passenger, a 17-year-old girl whose name was not immediately available. Both Buotte and the juvenile are Dirigo High School students. They are being treated at Rumford Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Maine State Police believe that speed was a "likely cause" for the crash. The vehicle apparently loss control and struck a tree before overturning.

In addition to MSP, Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Weld Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. The District Attorney's Office has also been consulted, which is typical for car crashes that result in a fatality.

McCausland said that the investigation into the crash will continue.

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  1. I am feeling bad for all the families involved.. This is supposed to be a happy time of the year for students.. Very sad and I feel bad..