You don’t think that a post you make on Facebook, warning others not to drink and drive, is going to predict your own demise. But that is exactly what happened to Taylor Gaboury of Farmington, Maine at 11:49 a.m. on the 31st of December. Gaboury, 21, posted a picture of an ambulance along with a message for those who may be considering drinking and driving, telling them not to. According to her father, Ricky Gaboury, it was the very last post she ever wrote. About 12 hours after she posted the message, Gaboury was killed as she walked home in Farmington along Route 2 by a drunk driver, Tommy Clark.
There is a roadside memorial along the spot that Gaboury was killed at, which has been affixed with photographs and flowers by her parents and friends. Tena Trask, of Farmington, stated that her daughter was on her way home to them when she was struck and killed around 1:40 a.m. She was near Franklin Memorial Hospital when she was hit by Tommy Clark, of Industry. Gaboury did not have her cell phone or any identification on her when she was hit, making it impossible for the police to identify her right away. She was tentatively identified by her parents on the night of January 1st. An autopsy that Monday led to her being positively identified.
Tommy Clark, aged 25, was charged with the fatal hit-and-run. Clark is charged with aggravated criminal operating under the influence as well as leaving the scene of an accident that involved death or serious injuries to another person. According to the police, Clark knew he had hit an individual and tried to “wake” Gaboury up after she went over the embankment. When he realized she was dead, he fled the scene. He was held with bail set at $75,000 on Monday.
Gaboury is a graduate of Mt. Blue High school and was said to have made it a point to be accepting of everyone, regardless of race or gender, according to her parents. They have received countless stories about how good of a person she was since her untimely death. One story concerned a young man who had gotten in contact with Gaboury through Facebook with concerns about fitting in at his new school. He stated that Gaboury was very reassuring about the change and said that he would be accepted for who he was. Another classmate contacted Ricky Gaboury to talk about how when he was feeling left out in school, Taylor would sit and talk to him to make him feel better.
According to Trask, Taylor always had the right words to say and the ability to use them at the right moment in time. She loved everyone and accepted people without judgment. She was also very eager to help someone in need, especially if it happened to concern kids. She was also the godmother of her boyfriend’s nephew and talked about him on a daily basis.
Taylor also donated used clothing, collected can tabs for recycling value for charity, and donated to the local food pantry. She also was a participant in the Franklin County group known as “Buttons for Babes”. Her cousin, Jamie Medrano, said the Taylor was a person that she always strived to be. She went on to say that she was not helping people just for the recognition, as she truly loved to help people out whenever she could. Trask stated that Gaboury played softball and field hockey while she was a student and loved to try out new things. Outside of school, she loved to go camping, four-wheeling, cliff-jumping, and kayaking. Her father stated that she was an adrenaline junkie like himself and was always willing to go on an adventure.
After Taylor graduated high school, she moved into an apartment in Farmington with Jacob Malone, her boyfriend. They then moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, after Malone started a new job in the town. They had only recently moved back to the Farmington area and were staying with Malone’s parents in East Wilton. Gaboury was in the process of getting accepted into an engineering program that specializes in using clean energy, as she was very conscious about the world and the environment, according to her father. Jacob and Taylor had been together for five years and he is devastated by the loss of his girlfriend.
Trask and Ricky Gaboury want people to understand that the death of their daughter was 100% preventable and should have never happened. They want people to think before they get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence or go off walking alone at night.
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