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Community Mourns Death of Lunenburg Teen Killed in Crash

Driver of vehicle is facing drunk driving charges related to crash



    (Published Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016)

    Residents in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, are mourning after a weekend crash that left one teenager dead, another in the hospital and one facing drunk driving charges.

    Austin J. Robbins, 18, of Lunenburg, was killed early Saturday morning when police said Joseph Kapp, 19, of Gardner, lost control of a Mitsubishi Lancer and struck several trees on Hollis Road. A second passenger, Sean McNiff, 19, of Lunenburg, was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

    Robbins, a recent graduate, was a star athlete on the high school football team.

    "It's always a tragedy when you have a kid who is part of the community for so long just graduated who is off to college or whatever his next step is in life," said Lunenburg Police Chief Jim Marino.

    Kapp graduated a year earlier and went on the study at Boston University. He now faces three charges in connection to the crash including motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence of alcohol.

    "I used to tell the driver ed kids, 'look around you, one of you is not going to be here at graduation or right after and who is that going to be,'" Marino recalled.

    Kapp will be arraigned on charges Monday in Fitchburg District Court.

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