Car Accident Claims the Life of Calais Resident

A memorial marker has been established on Bailey Hill by the family and friends of Kassadi Gidney. Gidney, 20, experienced a fatal crash on Saturday morning. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

By Lura Jackson


An early-morning car accident has taken the life of Kassadi Gidney. Gidney, who was 20 years old, was traveling from Baileyville to Calais when her vehicle went off the road. She was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The accident was reported by a passerby at 4:30 in the morning on Saturday, August 5th. According to Baileyville Police Sergeant Andrew Seavey, Gidney was southbound on Route 1 when she failed to navigate a slight curve on Bailey Hill. “There was no corrective action made,” said Seavey, who added that she was traveling at a normal speed when she left the road. The toxicology report, which is a standard request in single-car accidents, has not yet been completed.

“We’re ruling it as she fell asleep and went off the road,” said Seavey. When Gidney’s vehicle left the road, it impacted with a pole. “The crash was quite bad,” said Seavey. It could not be determined if she was wearing a seat belt or not, or if it would have helped. “It’s a shame, her being so young,” Seavey expressed.

A close friend of Gidney, Justina Goodine, has organized a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with funeral costs. “Kassi was an amazing young woman with a beautiful soul taken from this earth far too early,” shares Goodine. “This isn’t fair, this isn’t okay, and our hearts are broken, but together we can send our Penguin-loving wizard girl off the way she would want and so greatly deserves.” As of Tuesday morning, 66 people have donated a total of $2,783. Goodine said that additional donations would go to a headstone, and expressed that a benefit supper will be held in the near future to raise funds. 

An alumni volleyball game is being coordinated by Carson Hold; it will be on Friday, August 11th, at 6 p.m. All proceeds will go to Gidney’s funeral expenses.