BUCKSPORT — Taylor Darveau, 15, of Bucksport died Thursday night after the 1999 Subaru station wagon in which she was a passenger left Bucksmills Road and struck a tree, police report.
The accident occurred around 6:20 p.m. Police said Samantha Goode, 16, of Bucksport had been driving north on the Bucksmills Road when her car left the roadway. Both girls were transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Darveau was pronounced dead.
The accident was reconstructed and remains under investigation by Bucksport and Ellsworth police as well as the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.
Darveau was a freshman at Bucksport High School. At the time of the accident, the two girls were driving home from the Quarterback Club’s weekly spaghetti dinner. During football season, the booster club holds the dinner every Thursday for the cheerleaders and football team. Darveau was a cheerleader.
On Friday morning, students were notified about the car accident. Four RSU 25 counselors were joined by three more from Ellsworth High School and a student crisis team to help students deal with their grief.
Principal Dan Clifford said attendance was normal Friday morning, but students left school throughout the day.
“We followed our regular bell schedule, but there is not a lot of learning going on today,” Clifford said. “Kids are mostly talking in their peer groups and today is a day for handling the crisis.”
The crisis teams counseled students in the school library throughout the day, according to Clifford. School officials also plan to hold counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The athletic department postponed all sporting events scheduled for Friday. The school’s football and girls’ soccer teams had games scheduled against Orono. Both contests were moved to Saturday.
According to Clifford, the athletic teams plan to honor their fallen classmate by wearing pink clothing and stickers.
The girls’ soccer team has ordered pink socks. And the football players will display a pink sticker on their helmets with Darveau’s initials.