October 27, 2012

Winslow mourns students killed in Friday night head-on collision

Three adults also injured, hospitalized; family and friends remember deceased as fun, generous teens

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WINSLOW -- Area residents on Saturday were mourning the deaths of two Winslow High School students killed late Friday when, according to police, the vehicle they were in collided head-on with a taxi on South Reynolds Road.

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The Winslow High School football team holds hands during a moment of silence on Saturday, for two classmates killed in a car accident late Friday night.

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

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Scott Loisel, 16, of Winslow, was driving north with passenger Alexandria Ferland, also 16, of Vassalboro, when their vehicle crested a hill at a high rate of speed, went onto a dirt shoulder on the right side of the road, darted across the southbound lane and hit the taxi, according to a statement issued early Saturday evening by police Lt. Josh Veilleux.

"Loisel's vehicle came to rest on its roof," the release says. "The vehicle's engine area was on fire, but quickly extinguished by (Veilleux). Both Loisel and Ferland were pronounced dead on scene."

The Elm City taxi traveling south in the 11:05 p.m. accident was being driven by Jamie Howard, 36, of Waterville, according to Veilleux. Riding in the front passenger seat was Brian Roy, 43, of Winslow; David Green Jr., of Belgrade, was in the back seat.

Howard and Green were taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer Campus in Waterville. Roy was taken to Inland Hospital in Waterville, then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. All three were listed Saturday in stable condition, according to Veilleux, who responded to the crash with Officer Damon Lefferts. Lefferts is investigating the accident.

Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon at the crash site on South Reynolds Road, Loisel's family members were trying to make sense of what happened. They walked along the road, inspecting the black tire marks and searching along the ditch for anything possibly left behind after the scene was cleared.

Loisel's uncle Ricky Loisel and his girlfriend, Kari Perry, of Clinton, said Scott was a good, giving person who had a sharp sense of humor.

"He'd give you his last dollar, and sometimes I'd have to force him to take money when he worked for me," said Ricky Loisel, owner of Rick's Auto Repair and Sales, in Benton.

In the family, Scott's nickname was Bucky, and he loved cars and electrical work, according to his uncle.

"He worked for me part time, helping me fix cars a little bit. He really liked working on cars -- doing electrical work and car work. Right now, we still don't want to believe he's gone. He and I were really close. Ever since my dad died (three years ago), he kind of replaced my dad with me."

Scott often texted his uncle, asking if he still missed "Papa," Ricky Loisel said.

"He'd say, 'Do you still think about Papa?' I said, 'Of course I do.' He'd have me crying."

He said his nephew also kept his word.

"If he said he was going to come to my shop on a Wednesday and work for me, he'd come to my shop on Wednesday. He was very dependable, very reliable. If he told you he was going to do something for you, he did it."

Perry said Scott Loisel had been a part of her life since he was 2 and wearing Teletubby boots and diapers and holding a bottle.

Through her tears, she recalled his fourth birthday party, when he got packing tape from a box stuck in his hair and no one could get it out without hurting him. She had run out to the store, but returned and came to his rescue.

"I just gently took the tape off and he didn't even know it," she said.

A former Winslow football player who had the number 23, Scott loved school and would text Perry to tell her he was getting good grades, she said.

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