Eddington woman killed crossing road to get mail

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, at 1:02 p.m.

EDDINGTON — In the span of two weeks, two women have died attempting to retrieve their mail.

“It’s tragic,” Troy Morton, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief, said Monday.

Maureen Waltz, 46, was killed instantly Sunday night when she was struck by a truck with an attached plow after crossing Route 9 to get her and her parent’s mail.

“She had crossed the road, retrieved mail from two separate mail boxes and was crossing back when struck by the plow truck,” Morton said.

Waltz lived next to her parents, he said.

Richard Chapman, 41, also of Eddington, was behind the wheel of the 2003 GMC Pickup truck that struck the Eddington woman. He reportedly did not see Waltz, who was wearing dark clothing, Morton said.

“There are no street lights in that particular area,” he said. “No charges have been filed. However, it’s still under investigation.”

Alcohol and speed “do not appear to be factors,” Morton said.

The collision occurred just before 5:25 p.m.

Waltz is the third local pedestrian killed by vehicles in the last three weeks. Beulah Ireland, 90, of Lin-coln was heading out to get her mail on Dec. 29 when she was hit and killed by a logging truck in front of her home, and Billie Jean Davis, 38, of Bangor stepped into the path of a pickup truck with an attached plow on Dec. 26. She died from her injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Jan. 2.

Waltz was a member of the Eastern Maine Development Corp.’s family, Michael Aube, president and chief executive officer, said in an e-mail about Waltz circulated Monday.

“As a co-worker I was impressed at Maureen’s can-do attitude, her spirits and her wonderful smile,” he said. “She contributed to the CVB (Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau) effort to improve her community.”

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