A tow truck prepares to haul a Ford Explorer away from the scene of a double-fatal accident in Boothbay early Wednesday, July 30. (Photo courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)
William M. Gerardi
A Connecticut man faces a felony charge of furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with the deaths of two teenagers in a high-speed, single-vehicle accident in Boothbay July 30.
William M. Gerardi, 21, of Hebron, Conn., allegedly provided liquor to the teenagers at a residence on Merry Lane in Boothbay, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Casey Dalton, 19, of Boothbay, and his passenger, Keegan Spear, 17, of Boothbay Harbor, died in the crash.
Dalton was driving a Ford Explorer north on Route 27 “at a high speed” when he lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Route 27 and River Road in Boothbay, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The vehicle crossed into the southbound lane, left the roadway and “struck several trees before coming to rest,” according to the press release. “Both occupants were found deceased at the scene.”
Dalton was not wearing a seat belt; Spear was. The accident was reported at 3:20 a.m.
Deputies arrested Gerardi the day of the accident and transported him to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. His bail was set at $5,000 cash.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Mitkus is the primary investigating officer. Sgt. Jason Nein, Sgt. Alan Shea, and Deputy First Class Mark Bridgham assisted in the investigation.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office will continue to gather information about the accident, and could file more charges against Gerardi or others, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the crash to call 882-7332.