4 college students killed, 3 hurt in fiery crash in Maine

CASTINE, Maine –  Four Maine Maritime Academy students, including two from Massachusetts, were killed when a sport utility vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames early Saturday after the last day of classes for the semester, authorities said.

The driver and two other passengers — all of them students, as well — survived the fiery crash in Castine and were transported to local hospitals, state police spokesperson Shannon Moss said.

The state medical examiner’s office identified the dead as Luke Simpson, 22, of Rockport, Massachusetts; Riley Ignacio-Cameron, 20, of Aquinnah, Massachusetts; Brian Kenealy, 20, of York, Maine and Chase Fossett, 21, of Gardiner, Maine.

The other two survivors were identified as Noelle Tavares, 20, of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Dominick Gecoya, 20, of Middleton, Massachusetts.

“Our community is grieving for these young lives and for their families. While we have lost beloved members of our student body, tonight there are four families who have lost their children,” Jerry Paul, president of Maine Maritime Academy, said in an evening statement.

Shore Road was closed for more than eight hours after the crash, which took place shortly after 2 a.m. State police were investigating.

The seven students were in a 2013 Range Rover driven by Joshua Goncalves-Radding, 20, of North Babylon, New York, officials said.

Maine Maritime Academy is a public, four-year college of about 950 students that focuses on maritime training with areas of study including engineering, management, science and transportation.

Friday was the last day of the fall term, and finals were to begin the following week. The college planned to have grief counselors on hand for students, faculty and staff.

Maine Maritime students killed in Castine crash remembered as ‘respected’ student athletes

Brian Kenealy of York and Chase Fossett of Gardiner are two of the four students killed in a crash early Saturday

Two of the four Maine Maritime Academy students killed in a crash early Saturday morning are originally from Maine.

Chase Fossett, 21, attended Gardiner Area High School and was studying international business and logistics.

Fossett is remembered by his high school principal as a well-respected student-athlete.

“Chase was just a fantastic young man, super polite, respectful, a great citizen of our community, student-athlete, and had a lot of great friends that are really hurting right now. The news is just breaking and classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches, family, friends. Just a terrible loss,” said Gardiner Area High School Principal Chad Kempton.

Also from Maine is Brian Kenealy, 20, of York.

Kenealy attended York High School where he played soccer and continued his playing career at MMA.

Kenealy was studying international business and logistics.

Also killed were Luke Simpson, 22, of Rockport, Massachusetts, and Riley Ignacio-Cameron, 20, of Aquinnah, Massachusetts.

Kempton added that close friends of Fossett were gathering to mourn together Saturday night.

“He leaves behind a large group of but tight-knit friends that are feeling the pain of the loss and leaves behind a very nice family that is very well respected in our community,” Kempton said.

According to investigators, Joshua Goncalves-Radding, 20, of North Babylon, New York, was driving a 2013 Range Rover south on Route 166 when the car left the road and hit a tree before bursting into flames.

Goncalves-Radding and two passengers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Also injured was Noelle Tavares, 20, of North Falmouth, Massachusetts and Dominick Gecoya, 20, of Middleton, Massachusetts.

The President of Maine Maritime Academy, Jerry S. Paul, said in a statement the school community is “heartbroken” to learn of the crash.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all students and their families at this time. Our priority now is to support our campus community and have made counseling available. As the President of Maine Maritime, and also as a father, I ask for your respect and privacy for all of our students,” Paul said.

President Paul added that school leadership continues to work with authorities.

Maine State Police say an investigation is continuing.

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