Police to check cell phone records of teen killed in crash

By Tanya Mitchell | Sep 19, 2012

Prospect — As part of the investigation into an accident that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, police are checking to see if the youth had a cell phone and if he may have been using it before the crash.

Thursday afternoon, Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said the investigation had yet to yield any information regarding what may have caused 16-year-old Owen Krause of Stockton Springs to suddenly veer into the path of an oncoming dump truck.

Trafton said Deputy Ben Seekins, who is reconstructing the crash, is in the process of finding out if the boy had a cell phone and if he was either talking on the device or texting prior to the crash.

Trafton said seeking out cell phone records has become common practice in accident investigations, as the use of cell phones in vehicles has become more widespread in recent years.

"We have to do it for all accidents now," Trafton said.

According to a press release from the Waldo County Sheriff's Office that was issued Wednesday afternoon, Krause died as a result of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Route 1A and Muskrat Farm Road in Prospect just after 7 a.m. Krause, who was driving a Lincoln sedan, reportedly collided with a dump truck registered to Clisham Construction of Winterport. Thomas Drew of Winterport, who was driving the dump truck, was treated at Waldo County General Hospital and released later the same day.

Seekins and additional deputies responded to the scene, according to the release, as did Maine State Police officers and members of the Stockton Springs and Prospect fire departments.

"Eyewitnesses in a vehicle behind the dump truck saw the Lincoln sedan veer suddenly into the lane of the oncoming dump truck," stated the release.

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