(SABATTUS, Maine) Sept. 20, 2021 – A 28-year-old woman was struck and killed in Sabattus on Sunday night by a driver who fled the scene of the crash.
The accident occurred around 5:18 p.m. on Bowdoinham Road. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
Sabattus Police Officer Michael Cote says authorities are looking for the driver of the late-model Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab pickup truck, which is black with chrome rims. According to home security camera footage, the vehicle, which sustained heavy front-end damage, left the scene heading westbound towards Middle Road.
“We are truly pained at this tragedy and the reckless disregard for human life,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Jean Sideris. “We urge the driver to turn themself in, and ask anyone with information about this crash to contact police.”
The BCM encourages law enforcement to carefully investigate and examine the roadway conditions, pedestrian facilities, history of crashes at this location, driver behavior, and any additional circumstances that may have been contributing factors.
According to the BCM, this is the fourteenth pedestrian fatality in Maine this year. Ten pedestrians were killed on Maine roadways in all of 2020.
Anyone with information about this crash should contact Sgt. Michael Chaine of the Sabattus Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-375-6952.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the BCM has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation, and encouragement. We support biking and walking for health, transportation, and recreation. For more information, visit bikemaine.org.