High speed, reckless driving factors in Higgins, Lavin fatal crash

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From the Falmouth Police Department:

Report of Fatal FHS Students Motor Vehicle Crash Released

On December 22, 2016 James P. Lavin and Owen Higgins were involved in a motor vehicle crash on Thomas B. Landers Road. Tragically, they both lost their life due to injuries sustained during the crash.  

A Massachusetts State Police crash reconstruction report recently released revealed that the vehicle, operated by 17-year-old James Lavin, was traveling recklessly at a high rate of speed, illegally passed another vehicle over a double yellow line, lost control, left the roadway, and struck a tree. Lavin was pronounced dead at the scene and Higgins, the 17-year-old passenger, was flown to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

According to the State Police report, there were no environmental factors, roadway defects or evidence of an interaction with another vehicle that may have contributed to this crash. The roadway was wet at the time of the crash, however there was no ice on the roadway observed at the scene. In addition, an inspection of the vehicle did not reveal any evidence of mechanical malfunctions that may have contributed to the crash. 

The Medical Examiner’s toxicology report stated that both Lavin and Higgins had THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, in their system. THC is the chemical compound found in marijuana.    

The investigation was conducted by the Falmouth Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.), who specializes in motor vehicle crash investigations. 

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