An Erskine Academy Student who died from injuries sustained last month in a multi-vehicle crash is now saving lives through organ donation.

Where Was the Crash?

Remy Pettengill, 17, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on I-295 on December 30th. Maine State Police say the incident started when 39-year-old Steven Trask of Topsham sideswiped a tractor-trailer and crashed into the median in Richmond. Trask was later charged with operating under the influence. Just moments after that crash, three other vehicles were involved in a secondary accident. Pettengill, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in that crash was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

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Does the School Have Counselors Available?

On Friday, Erskine Academy Headmaster Michael McQuarrie shared a letter on the school's Facebook page informing the community that Remy had passed away.

My heart beats this evening for Remy, his family, and all of you. Please take care and care for one another through this traumatic and profoundly sad time.

Counselors are available at the school for students, staff, and anyone who needs to talk.

How Many Lives is Remy Saving Through Organ Donation?

Out of this tragedy, however, lives are being saved. Remy wanted to be an organ donor and his wish has been honored by his parents, Danielle and Lee Pettengill. On the Caring Bridge website, they confirmed that several lives have already been affected, including a man in his 70's, a man in his 60's, a woman in her 30's, and a woman in her 20's. Lee Pettengill says on the website that he and Remy's mom are proud of their son. He adds that it will be a while longer before they know exactly how many lives are affected by their son's extraordinary gift.

Our sincerest condolences to Remy's family and friends, as well as the Erskine Academy community.

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