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Kirsten Marie Luce

Birth
Stoughton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Jan 1987 (aged 16)
Chase, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Burial Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 94985554 · View Source
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Daughter of David Luce and Martha Robinson Luce. Kirsten and her sister Corinne were killed in the crash of the Amtrak Colonial train in Chase, Maryland, on January 4, 1987. They were returning from a holiday visit with their mother in Washington, D.C.. Kirsten, a junior at Westerly High School, had recently scored in the 99th percentile of the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

The engineer of the train which hit the Colonial had been smoking marijuana on board, just 18 minutes before the crash. He had also skipped critical safety checks that would have shown that the alerter -- a whistle that warns the crew of signal changes -- had been silenced with duct tape. He served four years in prison for manslaughter.


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  • Created by: HWA
  • Added: 7 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94985554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kirsten Marie Luce (1 Nov 1970–4 Jan 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94985554, citing River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by HWA (contributor 46565033) .