Deering High graduate dies in crash in Massachusetts

Reported in the Portland Press Herald on November 26, 2010

A 27-year-old Portland native was killed early Thursday morning in a two-car crash in Massachusetts in which one of the drivers has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while drunk, according to police.

Raina Jensen was a back-seat passenger in a 2002 Nissan Altima traveling in Wilbraham, Mass., when it was struck by a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Joshua Lacroix, 24, of Ware, Mass.

The accident happened around 1:45 a.m. as Lacroix was heading east on Boston Road at Three Rivers Road, police said. A preliminary investigation indicated that the Jeep crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with the Altima carrying five people, police said.

Jensen died at the scene, according to her mother, Jan Jensen of Portland. Five other people were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield following the crash, police said.

Lacroix is charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of liquor, causing serious bodily injury while operating under the influence of liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

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