March 22, 2010 – Julia Gauthier, 19, from Salem, Massachusetts has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained when she was ejected from a vehicle driven by Christopher Maxson, 19, from Marblehead. According to the Lynn Police Department, Maxson failed to stop at two stop signs before his Toyota 4 Runner collided with a vehicle on Eastern Avenue in Lynn at around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday. The 4 Runner then hit two other cars on Glenwood Street causing it to rollover.
As the 4 Runner rolled over, Gauthier was ejected from the SUV through the sunroof and was dragged for approximately 30 feet. Unfortunately, Gauthier was pronounced dead at the scene. Maxson and two other passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries. The group was apparently coming from a party on Eastern Avenue.
Maxson has been charged motor vehicle homicide, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop at a stop sign. He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
Gauthier was a 2009 graduate of Salem High School and was apparently attending Salem State College. This tragic accident has devastated the local community and shocked witnesses to the accident.
The accident remains under investigation by the Lynn Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.
Source: The Daily Item of Lynn