The driver in a weekend crash in Dayton that killed all three people in the vehicle was a habitual offender with multiple suspensions on her license, according to state records.

Jill Ann Theriault, 33, was driving a family member’s Buick Rainier about 11 p.m. Saturday on Gould Road when she lost control of the SUV on a curve and slammed into some trees, coming to rest overturned on the driver’s side. The crash also killed Lee Goodrich, 45, of Alfred, and Devin Nolan, 20, of Sanford.

It appears the group was coming from Sanford and headed to where Theriault was staying with family members in Dayton, a couple of miles from the crash site, Maine State Police said.

Witnesses who responded to the crash reported smelling alcoholic beverages at the site, Trooper Jonathan Heimbach said, adding that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner would determine whether alcohol played a role in the crash based on blood tests that are performed in all serious accidents.

“There’s an indication alcohol was involved. We’re just not sure who was drinking,” he said.

Police also are hoping someone will tell them where the three had spent the evening.


Police said speed was a factor in the crash, because Theriault was unable to make the turn. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph. It’s not known how fast Theriault was driving.

Theriault had several active suspensions on her license and in 2014 was listed as a habitual offender in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles database after three convictions for operating after suspension within a five-year period.

Theriault’s license was first suspended in 2000 when she was 18 and was charged with drunken driving, with a blood-alcohol content of .15, almost twice the legal limit. She was convicted of operating without a license in 2004; failure to have insurance and violating the seat belt law in 2011; operating after suspension, failure to appear in court and failure to pay child support in 2012; two counts of operating after suspension in 2013; and operating after suspension and license revocation in 2014. Her record shows two speeding convictions, for driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone in 2010, and driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in 2004.

Theriault wasn’t eligible to have her license reinstated until 2017.

She had a minor crash in 2011 on Cottage Street in Sanford in which Goodrich also was a passenger. Nobody was injured.

Her criminal record includes convictions for drug trafficking in 2000; forgery and refusing to submit to arrest in 2011; theft and identity theft in 2012; criminal trespass in 2013; and fighting, assault and forgery in 2014, according to the State Bureau of Identification.


No one in the car had a valid driver’s license – all were suspended, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Goodrich, who was sitting in the back seat, and Theriault were wearing seat belts, police said. Nolan, who was in the front passenger seat, was not, Heimbach said.

All three were friends on Facebook, but police are not certain why they were together Saturday night.

Nolan’s stepsister was dating Goodrich, and Goodrich and Theriault had known each other for some time, Heimbach said.

“It was a very tragic, sad accident,” Theriault’s father, Steve Theriault said Monday. He declined to comment further.

Theriault is survived by two daughters. She attended local schools and received her general educational development degree and CNA degree from Job Corps in Bangor.


Until about a year ago, Theriault worked as a certified nursing assistant and certified residential medication aide at RiverRidge Center in Kennebunk, a rehabilitation facility for people recovering from brain injuries and strokes.

Stacie Lajoie, nursing supervisor, said Theriault enjoyed working with the patients at the center. She had left the job for family reasons, Lajoie said. She also worked as a CNA for Greenwood Center in Sanford and Huntington Common in Kennebunk.

Goodrich has four children, two of whom – 21 and 16 years old – do not live with him and two – 9 and 7 – who do, said his mother, Bonnie Reed.

“He really adored his kids,” she said. “They’re devastated.” The children were staying with their mother in the midcoast when the crash happened, Reed said.

Goodrich worked as a carpenter. He had been a star running back at Massabesic High School in Waterboro and also won a boxing competition, she said.

Reed didn’t know Theriault or Nolan or how they knew her son.


“I don’t know who they were,” she said. “They shouldn’t even have been out,” she said, referring to the fact that none of them had a valid driver’s license.

Nolan’s biological father, Timothy Nolan, said Sunday night that his son was a good kid who enjoyed hanging out at the city’s skate park and doing tricks on his BMX bike. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers and was known for his sense of humor, his obituary said.

Timothy Nolan said he did not know why his son was with the other people in the car.

The deaths bring the unofficial total of highway fatalities in Maine to 84 so far this year – seven more than had been recorded at this point in 2014.

Last year, 128 people died in Maine highway crashes, the lowest number since World War II, McCausland said.

Maine’s crash records go back to 1935. From 2005 to 2013, an average of 162 people a year died in state highway crashes, according to the Bureau of Highway Safety.

Police ask anyone with information about where Theriault, Goodrich and Nolan were earlier Saturday night to call state police in Gray at 657-3030.

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