Community grieves after deadly Hollis crash
PORTLAND (WGME) – A Limington man is dead after a violent crash in Hollis.
The impact from the head-on wreck smashed up both cars, and left two people with severe injuries.
Police say both drivers are being treated at Maine Medical Center for leg and internal injuries, and are expected to survive.
A 25-year-old passenger in one of the cars was also rushed to the hospital, but he later died.
As Chris Brown stared at the marks on the road and pieces left behind after a deadly crash on Cape Road in Hollis, he mourned and reflected.
“I knew these guys really well; I grew up with these guys, being from such a small town it hits you hard, too,” Brown said.
His friend Jordan Lambert was killed late Tuesday night. State police call the crash violent, saying lambert was riding in a car with Tiffani Mains when the two were hit head on.
“It breaks my heart, it really does,” Brown said.
Police are now identifying the driver of the other car as 24-year-old Nicholas Rushforth. They say he was "completely in the opposite lane" when the crash happened.
“For Tiffani and Nick, hopefully they make a full recovery,” Brown said.
Brown says this crash brings back painful memories of an accident in Durham just a few months ago. His brother Brandon was killed.
“He was 24 when he was killed; just had twins, beautiful boys,” Brown said. “I think about it every single day and I'll hold on to it every single day, something I'll hold on to the rest of my life; something you can never forget.”
Now Brown, and this small community, have yet another loss to deal with.
“After losing my brother, it makes me realize how life is really short and take every moment you can and squeeze it as long as you can, because you just never know when it's up,” Brown said.
Other friends of Jordan Lambert say he was well liked, was an incredible father and a lot of people are having a hard time dealing with this news Wednesday.
His girlfriend says they're still processing this and beginning to grieve.