Motorcycle speed, alcohol suspected in South Portland woman's death

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A city woman who died Saturday, July 25, in a motorcycle crash in Westbrook was not wearing a helmet.

It is believed that speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, Capt. Sean Lally of the Westbrook Police Department said Thursday morning.

Jennifer Lavigne, 35, was riding on a motorcycle driven by Brenton Blais, 37, of Old Orchard Beach, at around 8:30 p.m. when Blais lost control and hit a series of mailboxes and a driveway culvert on Pride Street, Lally said. Both riders were ejected from the motorcycle.

Lavigne was pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center in Portland shortly after the accident. Blais, who was also without a helmet, was still in the hospital on Wednesday, July 29, Lally said.

A reconstruction of the accident and a vehicle autopsy are being carried out by the Westbrook Police Department and the Windham Police Department. The results will likely not be available for several weeks, Lally said.