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Teen killed in Sunday morning crash

Friday, July 2, 2010

By KATHY CLEVELAND

Staff Writer

WILTON – High Mowing School will hold a celebration of the life of Abigail Yandell on Saturday afternoon from 3-5.

Yandell, a recent graduate of the private high school, died June 27 after the SUV she was driving crashed on Old Milford Road in Brookline after midnight. Her passenger, Arielle Ramirez, 18, of Brookline, was injured.

Dean of Students Carey Hughes said a grief counselor is helping students and staff deal with the death of a young woman he described as an excellent student and “an anchor to her classmates.”

Brookline police say the 2004 Toyota RAV 4 appeared to have been traveling south on Old Milford Road and went off the road to the left, just beyond Kodiak and Nightingale roads, then traveled some distance and hit a boulder and a tree. Yandell died immediately and Ramirez was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Yandell, 18, of Old Milford Road, Brookline, was drinking before the accident, and they found empty containers of alcohol in the apartment of Dillon Badger, 18, of 222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, a private home on the campus where Yandell and Ramirez spent the evening.

Yandell and Badger graduated from High Mowing two weeks ago. Ramirez graduated from Hollis/Brookline High School on June 12.

Acting Brookline Police Chief Michael Kurland said the evidence will be forwarded to the county attorney and charges could be filed.

According to the supporting affidavit for a police search warrant, Yandell, Ramirez, Badger and another male named Martin – no last name given – gathered at the apartment to watch soccer, and they drank alcohol provided by Badger.

After the accident, Ramirez told police that she and Yandell “had been drinking Coors beer at the home of Dillon Badger.”

Brookline police obtained a search warrant, and with the help of Wilton police searched Badger’s apartment at 5:42 a.m. Sunday and “found empty beer cans, full beer cans and full bottles of wine,” according to the inventory of property taken.

According to the police affidavit, Badger’s parents, Andrea and Keith Badger, both members of the school faculty, were not home that evening. Yandell had three missed phone calls from Badger after the accident, between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Hughes said Yandell was a warm person, a “very good student” who made it a point to include everyone and who tried to keep the school’s lacrosse team going. She was “the type of young woman anyone would want their daughter to be,” Hughes said.

Yandell had been a French student of High Mowing teacher Mark Ferguson, who described her as “very reliable, a well-respected kid” who tended to hold her classmates together.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 21, or kcleveland@cabinet.com.

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