St. John Valley

Teen charged in rollover collision with deer

ST. JOHN PLANTATION, Maine — A 17-year-old St. Francis juvenile was charged with imprudent speed Friday evening when his vehicle struck a deer on the St. John Road shortly after 10 p.m. and rolled over.

Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen said in a press release Saturday morning that the male juvenile was traveling north in a 2004 GMC Sierra pickup truck on the St. John Road when a deer entered the roadway. The driver, whose name was not released, was unable to avoid striking the animal.

After striking the deer, the driver lost control of the pickup, which went off the roadway and rolled over landing on its roof in the area of 1729 St. John Road in St. John Plantation. The driver, and an 18-year-old passenger, were transported to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent by a personal vehicle with non-life threatening injuries.

The deer died, according to Gillen.

Gillen said excessive speed and driver inexperience were major contributing factors in the crash. The vehicle was towed from the scene due to disabling damage.

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