Folks Near, Far Mourn After Three People Killed in Dedham Crash

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 month ago

Folks in the the greater Bangor area , and in another city hundreds of miles away, are in mourning after a head-on collision in Dedham killed three people Tuesday night.

State police are still trying to piece together what happened.

32-year-old Phillip Carter and 25-year-old Roxanne Papken, both from Bangor, died.

They were well-known and well-liked employees of Paddy Murphy’s, a popular Irish pub in downtown Bangor.

A memorial of flowers and notes started growing outside there Wednesday. A number of other downtown restaurants also closed their doors for a day of remembrance.

State Police say Carter’s pickup was hit head-on when 85-year-old Richard Olson of Ellsworth crossed the center line with his SUV on Route 1-A.

Olson also died.

He spent much of his life in Des Moines, Iowa where he was the city’s mayor for most of the 1970s.

Des Moines television station, KCCI, says Olson was credited with spearheading nearly $1-billion in city redevelopments.

Police have reconstructed the crash scene to help them determine a cause.


  • polly

    THATS REALLY SAD ABOUT THATCOLLISION IN DEDHAM I FEEL REALLY BAD FOR ALL 3 OF THE FAMILYS.I AM SORRY BUT I JUST THINK AT 85 YEARS OLD HE SHOULD HAVE HAD SOMEONE WITH HIM .IY REALLY IS TO BAD TO LOSE 3 LIVES .

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