Report of fatal accident in St. Francis (updated)

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24 June 2011

ST. FRANCIS - Maine State Police have confirmed that an accident occurred last night in St. Francis resulting in the death of a St. John man.

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FATAL ACCIDENT - State police have confirmed that an accident occurred Friday morning near St. Francis, and resulted in one fatality. - Birden image

According to Sergeant Brian Harris of the Maine State Troopers, at approximately 1 a.m., Trooper Dan Marquis responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Main Street in St. Francis.

According to the report, Aaron Charette, age 20 of St. John was traveling south on Main Street in his 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse when he lost control, skidding off the opposite side of the roadway.  Charette's vehicle careened through the ditch and into a stand of trees.

The vehicle sustained substantial damage in the impact with the trees.   Charette received severe trauma and injuries as a result of the accident and was deceased at the scene.

Charette's passenger, Joshua Pelletier, age 21 of St. John sustained multiple injuries, none of which were life-threatening.  A Fort Kent ambulance transported Pelletier to Northern Maine Medical Center and he later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center for further care.

Police determined the car was a total loss as a result of the accident.   Speed was a factor in the crash and police are continuing the investigation.

Trooper Stan Jandreau assisted Trooper Marquis at the scene. Sgt. Brian Harris along with personnel from St. Francis Fire Dept, Fort Kent Ambulance and Fort Kent Fire Deptartment also responded to the accident.

First responders utilized the Jaws of Life to remove Charette and Pelletier from the wreckage.