Graduate dies in car crash

High speeds seen as contributing factor in Elizabethtown accident

— A Standish teen died after a one-car accident on June 23, a day after graduating from high school.

Nicole “Nikki” Baker, 17, died as a result of injuries sustained during the accident on Lincoln Pond Road.

Lewis-based State Police arrived on the scene at about 9:49 p.m. according to police. The preliminary investigation determined that excessive speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

Baker and two other occupants, Keith P. Denton Jr., 19, of Elizabethtown, and Jennifer Chappell, 18, of Moriah, were transported to Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Baker was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:37 p.m. Chappell and Denton were later transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington and released Sunday, June 24.

Police said Denton was driving north on Lincoln Pond Road in a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier when he lost control of his vehicle.

The car exited the roadway, overturned and struck a tree before coming to rest on its roof. The rear passenger, Baker, was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle.

The New York State Police in Lewis and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit are continuing their investigation into this incident.

Baker graduated June 22 from Northern Adirondack Central School.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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