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Framingham man was operating boat involved in fatal Maine crash, officials say

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 16, 2007 12:41 PM

FRAMINGHAM

A Framingham man was operating a power boat with twin, 435-horsepower engines when it struck a smaller boat on Long Lake in Maine, killing two people, officials said Thursday.

Robert Lapointe, 38, of Framingham, Mass., and his companion, Nicole Randall, 19, of Bridgton, Maine, swam to shore Saturday night after being thrown from their 32-foot cigarette boat, the Maine Warden Service and Cumberland County district attorney's office announced. After the crash, the larger boat plowed onto the shore and traveled nearly 135 feet on land before coming to a rest.

Killed were the two occupants of a 14-foot boat, Terry Raye Trott, 55, of Naples, and his companion, Susanne Groetzinger, 44, of Berwick, officials said. Groetzinger died from blunt-force trauma to the head, while Trott drowned, according to the medical examiner's office, which conducted autopsies.

Warden divers recovered the bodies three days after the collision, which happened at 9 p.m. Saturday. Since then, divers have returned to retrieve evidence from the bottom of the lake, said Warden Service spokesman Mark Latti.

It will take several days to a couple of weeks to complete the crash reconstruction, Latti said. Once that's complete, wardens will present their findings to the district attorney, who will decide what charges, if any, are warranted.

-- AP

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