A car crash that occurred Friday night and went undiscovered until Saturday morning claimed the life of a Waldo County man and left the vehicle’s other occupant critically injured.

According to Lt. David Tripp of the Maine State Police, 20-year-old Hazen Tibbetts was the passenger in a 1991 Volvo being driven by 20-year-old Brianna Barrows of Jackson.

Tripp said the Volvo was traveling on Works Road Friday night when it left the road and apparently became airborne. Tripp said police believe poor road conditions played a part in the crash.

“It was certainly a contributing factor,” he said.

After going airborne, police believe the vehicle came down on its front grill and struck a tree. The vehicle then landed on its side, Tripp said.

Police believe the crash took place sometime around 9 p.m. Friday, Tripp said, but it was not reported until around 7 a.m. the next morning when someone driving by the scene happened to see the Volvo off the road.

Works Road runs from Route 7 to the Thorndike town line, where it connects with East Thorndike Road.

Tibbetts was found to be dead at the scene, Tripp said, and Barrows was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. As of late Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, Barrows remained in critical condition, according to an EMMC spokeswoman.

Trooper Bethany Couturier was the primary investigating officer for the crash, and she was assisted at the scene by Trooper Shawn Porter and Sgt. Mike Field. Troopers Patrick Munzing and Rick Moody reconstructed the crash. Tripp said personnel from Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson and Brooks fire departments also responded to the scene Saturday morning.

Tripp said as is standard practice with any fatal crash, blood alcohol tests will be performed. No results were available as of Tuesday, Jan. 11. Tripp said police believe Barrows was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but believe Tibbetts was not wearing a seat belt.

According to his obituary, Tibbetts went by the nickname “Nick” and was a Belfast Area High School graduate who had been working at Mathews Brothers in Belfast. Although police reports list Tibbetts as a Belfast resident, his obituary identifies him as a Jackson resident.

“He enjoyed music, playing guitar and being with his friends,” the obituary states. “He was always on the go and was quick to put a smile on your face.”