Sunday Morning Crash in Clinton Kills 3, Injures 2 [UPDATE]
Police have released the identities of three people killed, and two who were injured in a crash in Clinton on Sunday morning.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says three Clinton residents under the age of 16 died early Sunday morning when the car they were traveling in slammed into a tree on Hinckley Road in Clinton. Two others in the car, including the driver, survived the accident and are being treated at Maine Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. State Troopers say the vehicle hit an icy patch on a straight section near the intersection with True Road, went into an uncontrolled skid, and struck a large tree on the passenger side of the Toyota Corolla.
Killed in the crash were 15-year-old Thomas Porfirio, 14-year-old Emily Baker, and Baker's 12-year-old sister Ashland Baker. The three were found inside the vehicle when first responders arrived at the scene. The two injured teens were also found inside the car. They are 12-year-old Naveah Wilson of Clinton and a 16-year-old boy, who was driving the vehicle. His name is being withheld pending the results of the investigation, and a decision by the D.A.'s office about whether charges will be filed.
The accident was reported just after 7 a.m. by a passerby. Officials say the cause of the crash is likely to be driver inexperience and speed.They say the driver didn't have a driver's license. State Police assisted Clinton Police and Fire Departments.