Maine Maritime Academy was scheduled to hold a vigil for four students killed in a fiery weekend SUV crash.
The event was to be held Sunday evening for students, faculty and local residents on the lawn of Leavitt Hall, a day after the deadly crash shook the community.
Four students died and three others were hurt when a Range Rover driven by Joshua Goncalves-Radding, 20, of North Babylon, New York, crashed into a tree and burst info flames early Saturday. Goncalves-Radding and two other students survived and were taken to local hospitals.
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The dead were identified as Brian Kenealy, 20, of York, Maine; Chase Fossett, 21, of Gardiner, Maine; Luke Simpson, 22, of Rockport, Massachusetts; and Riley Ignacio-Cameron, 20, of Aquinnah, Massachusetts.
Maine State Police are investigating the crash, and the investigation could take weeks if not longer because of the severity of the crash, a state police spokesperson said.
Maine Maritime Academy President Jerry Paul said the deaths and injuries were a devastating blow for the students’ families and friends, and for the college community. “Our community is grieving for these young lives and for their families,” he said in a statement.
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Maine Maritime Academy is a four-year college that focuses on maritime training with areas of study including engineering, management, science and transportation.