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April 01. 2012 11:03PM

New Durham teen dies in fatal accident in Maine

WOLFEBORO — Students and staff at the Kingswood Regional High and Middle School campus and the Lakes Regional Technology Center are mourning the death of an 18-year-old senior and star athlete who died in a car crash in Porter, Maine, Sunday afternoon.

According to school and Maine State Police officials, Darren Duncanson, 18, of New Durham, was killed when the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu he was driving on Route 25 lost control, rolled over and crashed into several trees. Police said Duncanson was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers were also injured in the crash, including Amber Lee, 17, and Justin Bohmille, 18, both students at Kingswood, who were taken to Maine Medical Center. Bohmille, who was treated and released by this morning, stopped by the school to pick up schoolwork, and Lee was still at the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Kingwood Regional High School principal Guy Donnelly.

Duncanson was a member of the varsity Knights football and basketball teams who had received the Scholar Award from the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Donnelly said Duncanson was a popular student. “Obviously it’s somber here today. The kids are upset,” he said.

Students have planned a vigil Monday at 5 p.m. at the Kingswood Arts Center. Posters advertising the event were posted on school doors throughout campus today.

Donnelly said guidance counselors were made available throughout the day for students. An emergency staff meeting was held to inform teachers and staff of the fatality. Donnelly said a statement was prepared for teachers to read to the kids to make sure they had all the facts.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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