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Joyride led to crash that killed 3 in Clinton, police say

Police say a joyride with an unlicensed driver behind the wheel preceded a fatal crash in central Maine that killed three youths and injured two others.

CLINTON, Maine — A cross and flowers have been placed at the scene where three teenagers were killed in Clinton on Sunday.  

The five teenagers had a plan to meet up at 2:15am. The so called 'joyride' lasted nearly five hours.

The trip took them through Waterville and Fairfield, before ending when their car crashed into a tree on Hinckley Rd. in Clinton. It's unclear what the precise route they took.

Police said a 16-yr-old unlicensed driver behind the wheel. 

The three dead include 15-yr-old Thomas Porfirio, 15-yr-old Emily Baker, and her 12-yr-old sister Ashlin Baker, according to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Steve McCausland. 

McCausland said the three were dead when first responders arrived on the scene. 

12-yr-old Nevaeh Wilson of Clinton and a 16-yr-old unidentified Clinton boy were taken to Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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McCausland said officials are withholding the driver's identity while investigators and District Attorney's Office continue to investigate the crash. The male driver doesn't have a license.

Police are working with local residents to reconstruct a 24-hour timeline of the events that ended in the crash.

"A small town like this. I was curious as to who was involved. And it's just sad. Very sad," Jay Gould said. 

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Gould owns a grocery store on Hinckley Road where three teenagers were killed.

Now, the community is coming together to help any way they can whether that be with GoFundMe pages to help with funeral expenses. Thousands of dollars have been raised in less than 24 hours. Grief counselors are available for students in the area schools, and also are just there to listen to students who may have known these victims.

The GoFundMe page can be accessed here.