Community Mourns Jonesport Family Killed in Car Crash 

Catherine Pegram

People Downeast are mourning the death of a family that lived in Jonesport – killed in a car crash on Route 1-A in Dedham. 34-year-old Carlos Tapia, his wife, Rachelle, and her 4-year-old daughter died when their car collided with a pickup truck yesterday afternoon. Tapia was stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Jonesport. The accident has rocked the tight-knit family there, along with the rest of the community.Petty Officer Carlos Tapia was on his first Coast Guard station assignment in Jonesport, where he’s spent the last two-and-a-half years as an engineer.But this summer he took on an even bigger assignment. Becoming a husband and a father. Tapia and his 23-year-old wife, Rachelle, were married in June. Rachelle was from Addison and had a 4-year-old daughter, Mackenzie.The Coast Guard says Tapia was a native of Lima, Peru and had spent about 600 hours at sea.He was also involved in 12 search and rescue cases off the coast of Maine.Police are still investigating the collision that killed that family but say it appears Tapia’s missed a slight curve in the Route 1-A yesterday afternoon, crossing over the center line and into the path of the truck.The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Stephen Glickman, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with a broken ankle and leg injuries.He’s still being evaluated.Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris Purdy says the loss of Tapia and his family is devastating.”It is a family and we’ve lost a part of our family in this event. We’ll feel the effects for quite awhile. We’re really expecting Petty Officer Tapia to walks through the door any minute, his young family also. It’s a small community hear and it’s definitely felt throughout the community.”Authorities say everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts. They’re trying to determine if a brief downpour yesterday afternoon may have contributed to the crash.No word yet on funeral arrangements for the family.