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Strong man dies in Kingfield accident

A silver 2004 Chevy Aveo was involved in a fatal crash Sunday evening. (Photos courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

KINGFIELD - A 25-year-old Strong man was killed after being ejected from a vehicle during a crash Sunday night, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

According to Sheriff Scott Nichols, First responders were called to the scene of a fatal accident on the West Kingfield Road around 10 p.m. Sunday night. The vehicle, a silver 2004 Chevy Aveo driven by Danielle Larochelle, 30 of Kingfield, was heading westbound when the driver attempted to avoid a deer in the road. According to Nichols, the Aveo went off the road, striking several trees and causing Nicholas Shurtleff, 25 of Strong, to be flung from the vehicle. Shurtleff died at the scene.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Andrew Morgan, Lt. David St. Laurent, Deputy David Davol and Detective Ken Charles responded to the scene, as did Kingfield, Carrabassett and New Portland Fire Departments and NorthStar Ambulance.

NorthStar transported Larochelle and another passenger, Benjamin Bowman, 22 of Kingfield, to Franklin Memorial Hospital. Neither Bowman or Larochelle were wearing seat belts, according to Nichols.

A third passenger, Patrick Wyman, 23 of Kingfield, had reportedly been wearing his seat belt during the incident and did not need medical attention.

Maine State Police assisted at the scene with reconstruction and the accident is still under investigation by Deputy Morgan.

The crash is under investigation. (Photos courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

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  1. Didnt this happen in the 35mph zone? Something must be up other then a deer in the road......

  2. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Shurtleff family, and all that knew him.

  3. I’d like to know what garage put a sticker on that car.. It really doesn’t look like it would take one.

  4. That’s really pathetic you’d even ask that.... let’s be compassionate for the family

  5. I agree with Stacy, I don't think a "sticker" would have changed this tragic outcome. Maybe if Melissa dared to venture out of the state of Maine she'd realize some states don't even require an inspection to drive a motor vehicle on the roadway. Thoughts and prayers to the Shurtleff family.

  6. There’s more to this tragedy than reported thus far. Condolences to the Shurtleff family.

  7. Thoughts are with the family and friends so sorry for your loss

  8. Brakes, steering mechanism, suspension, driveshaft, frame, axles, tires...all subject to inspection and will be looked at by accident investigators to determine if vehicle condition was a contributing factor to the crash.

    Condolences to the family and friends.

  9. Melissa, who the hell said anything about a sticker? But if you look carefully, you will see that the paint on the rocker panels and lower doors on both the drivers and passenger side doesn't match the rest of the car, it is matte gray(primer) rather than the silver and clear coat of the rest of the car, it doesn't take much force at all to knock bondo off, which more than likely filled the gap under the drivers side rear door, as a similar patch job is visible under the passenger side rear door. It's probably best if you have a clue about what you are talking about, before making false claims.

  10. Amanda..shame on you..a young man died ...all your worried about is a sticker..

  11. @Giversum, well said. Some of these liberals like Amanda think more regulations are the answer to all problems in life. Have a little compassion people, a young man lost his life and even if he/they had done an extensive multi- point inspection before they got into the car that night, I doubt it would have in reality changed anything.

  12. First and foremost I would like to extend my sympathy to the Shurtleff Family. They are good people that I've had the privilege of knowing for awhile now. Second I wonder if a class c driver is held to the same standard of blood tests that a class A holder is when there is a fatality. Not likely but it may help the investigation.

  13. You couldn't be more wrong about me Martinez.

    Regardless, my apologies to the Shurtleff family. I meant no disrespect.

  14. Nameless, Yes they can be compelled to submit to a blood test to determine BAC, but if liberals have their way, that will only be done with a warrant, even though SCOTUS ruled that a breathalyzer can be used to determine BAC as a means of arrest and prima facie evidence for probable cause and that a blood test was a more accurate way of measuring BAC, liberals call it unconstitutional under the 4th amendment.