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March 20, 2012

Speed a factor in two fatal accidents

KEESEVILLE — Police say speed was a factor in two recent fatal accidents.

Colby Edward Baker died in a one-car rollover Monday afternoon, and Douglas DuBrey lost his life in a motorcycle accident Saturday.

SUDDEN CRASH

State Police said Baker, 21, of Keeseville, was driving at an unsafe speed Monday around 4 p.m. when his vehicle left the road and rolled into a self-storage building at the intersection of Port Douglas and Prospect roads.

A witness told State Police that a vehicle described as very similar to Baker's red car had turned from Spring Street onto Clinton Street — which becomes Port Douglas Road — and in the process tore up someone's lawn.

But before that call could even be dispatched, the accident occurred just down the road, police said.

Postmortem results for Baker released Tuesday by Dr. Deonarayan Saha at CVPH Medical Center showed the official cause of death to be blunt force head trauma.

STAND-UP GUY

Baker was a goal oriented person who really pushed himself to do well, said Matt Rogers, director of school counseling at AuSable Valley High School.

"He worked his tail off because he wanted to go to CV-TEC."

After graduating from the High School's new Horizon program in 2010, in just three years, Baker reached his goal of attending CV-TEC's carpentry program.

"(He was) a hard worker," Rogers said. "(He was) just one of those solid, stand-up young men, just one of those kids that are the backbone of any school."

Rogers said the older students at the High School were mourning Baker on Tuesday.

"They're grieving the loss of a friend for sure."

Baker was someone everyone knew, Rogers remembered. "A great kid."

UNSAFE PASSING

Along with speed, unsafe passing was a main factor in the motorcycle crash that killed DuBrey, 54, on Route 3 in Saranac on Saturday afternoon, according to State Police.

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