LINCOLN, Maine — A 90-year-old woman crossing Route 2 to get her mail was killed instantly when she was struck by a passing logging truck Monday, police said.
Beulah Ireland of Lincoln was just starting out from the edge of the road when the eastbound truck apparently hit her at about 1:40 p.m. in front of G.E. Goding & Sons, 841 West Broadway, Police Chief William Flagg said. A longtime Lincoln resident, Ireland was the mother of Town Councilor Michael Ireland and mother-in-law of his wife, Marscella. Beulah Ireland’s body was not taken from under the truck for another two hours.
“Preliminary indications are that Mrs. Ireland looked westbound but may not have looked in the direction the tractor-trailer truck was going and walked out into the road,” Flagg said Monday. “The driver of the truck tried to avoid her — he pulled to the far right — but he couldn’t.”
The driver of the truck, Michael Parmigiani, 44, of Hodgdon, left a skid mark at least 10 feet long on the icy, slushy road. He was so distraught at the scene that an ambulance from Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln took him to the hospital. He was expected to be released by Monday night, Flagg said.
An office worker, one of two at Goding & Sons, was similarly distraught.
“We have had the blinds pulled all day,” she said, sounding shaken.
Lincoln firefighters and police closed down Route 2, which is also known as West Broadway, for about an hour before reopening one lane. The road, which connects Lincoln to Howland and Enfield and is among the main noninterstate conduits between the Lincoln Lakes region and areas farther south, reopened by 5:30 p.m.
A state police accident reconstruction team and commercial motor vehicle enforcement unit, and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, are assisting Lincoln police. Investigators await reports from the reconstructionists and an inspection of the truck, which is owned by Carver Trucking Inc. of Patten, before closing the investigation, Flagg said. Accident witnesses are asked to call police at 794-8455.
“I can tell you that at this point it looks like the cause of the accident was inattention on the part of the pedestrian,” Flagg said. “There is nothing to suggest that any charges are forthcoming.”