A South Bristol man died at the scene of a crash in that town Thursday night, Sept. 19. At 9:29 p.m., Lincoln County Communications Center received a 911 call from a resident on State Route 129 in South Bristol reporting a motor vehicle crash.
Deputies responded and located a single-vehicle crash on State Route 129 near its intersection with Poseidon Lane. The preliminary investigation determined Austin Eugley, 21, of South Bristol was traveling south on State Route 129 driving a 2004 Volvo S80 sedan at a high rate of speed. As Eugley’s vehicle entered a lefthand curve, the vehicle crossed into the northbound travel lane before leaving the roadway where it began to roll, striking a large tree and coming to rest on its side in the northbound ditch.
Eugley was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown at this time if he was wearing his seatbelt.
Speed is considered a factor in this crash. As in all investigations of fatal crashes, a blood sample will be used to determine a blood alcohol level at the time of the crash.
In addition to Eugley, the preliminary investigation determined there were four other occupants: Jacob Overlock, 18, of Warren, Gabrielle Staples, 19, of Boothbay, Ashley Sherman, 20, of Warren, and Adrian Phaenephom, 19, of Searsmont. Overlock, Staples and Sherman were all transported by ambulance to Lincoln Health Miles Campus with minor, non-life threatening injuries. Phaenephom fled the scene and at the time of this release has not been located. Because Phaenephom has not been interviewed, the extent of his injuries is unknown, and it is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt. It is believed the other passengers were not wearing seatbelts.
Deputy Chase Bosse` is the primary investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Matthew Day, Deputy Caleb Fortin and Lt. Brendan Kane. A reconstruction is being conducted by Crash Reconstructions Specialist Deputy Brian Carlton of Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Lucas Shirland of Topsham Police Department also assisted at the scene with his K-9 searching for Phaenephom.
Also assisting at the scene were members of South Bristol Fire and First Responders, Bristol Fire Central Lincoln County Ambulance and Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services.