January 9, 2012

Tragedy leaves wake of grief, questions

Families cope after a crash leaves two teens dead and one hospitalized, amid reports of underage drinking.

By Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jerrold Mason, father of Rebecca Mason, 16, who was killed in a car crash Saturday, is comforted by his mother-in-law, Monda Fahsholtz, at his home in West Paris on Sunday.

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Two crosses left by friends at the scene of the crash on Route 219 in West Paris memorialize Logan Dam, 19, of Norway, who also was killed.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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"We heard her turn on her fan," Jerrold Mason said.

He said he had heard that Rebecca's friends were making a run to the Big Apple down the street for beer and cigarettes, and that's when Rebecca probably met them. Then they headed back to the party.

Jerrold Mason said he did not know the other crash victims. But he said they were much older than his daughter, and he has a lot of questions about them.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash and the party.

"State police will take appropriate action about the underage party sometime likely in the coming week," said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

McCausland declined to provide details Sunday about how police know that Lowe was texting when the crash took place, or that she had been drinking.

He said the final investigative report on the crash will be reviewed by the Oxford County District Attorney's Office, which will make any decisions about charges.

"The driver is still hospitalized and will be for some time. We will obviously continue to monitor her condition as the investigation plays out," McCausland said.

The Masons spent Sunday making funeral arrangements and waiting for out-of-state family members to arrive.

Jerrold Mason said his wife was too distraught to talk, and he wasn't sure why he was able to do it. He said he feels like he has been thrown into a pool with other parents who have lost their kids.

"It is going to be rough going ahead. You just hope you don't live to be 100 and have to remember this every day," he said.

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Two teenagers died and a third was critically injured when this Subaru crashed into trees along Route 219 in West Paris shortly after midnight Friday.

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Flowers and crosses mark the spot on Route 219 in West Paris where two teenagers died and a third was critically injured shortly after midnight Friday.

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Rebecca Mason, 16, died in the car crash.

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