Truck driver likely to be cleared in fatality

Posted Jan. 23, 2009, at 10:08 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:07 a.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Logging truck driver Michael Parmigiani did just about everything he could to avoid the accident that killed the 90-year-old mother of Town Councilor Michael Ireland last month, Police Chief William Flagg said Friday.

He awaits final reports from state police before closing his investigation, but having spoken to the state investigators Flagg expressed confidence that Parmigiani, 44, of Hodgdon would be cleared of any wrongdoing regarding the death of Beulah Ireland. Ireland was killed as she crossed Route 2 to get her mail Dec. 29.

“This is an unfortunate, just a terrible tragedy,” Flagg said Friday of the accident. “It’s been investigated thoroughly and nothing in the investigation shows that any charges are warranted.”

Ireland of Lincoln was just starting out from the edge of the road when the east-bound truck, which is owned by Carver Trucking Inc. of Patten, apparently hit her at about 1:40 p.m. in front of G.E. Goding & Sons, 841 West Broadway.

Parmigiani left a skid mark at least 10 feet long on the icy, slushy road and tried to turn to avoid Ireland. He was so distraught at the scene that an ambulance from Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln took him to the hospital.

Lincoln firefighters and police closed down Route 2 for several hours.

Witness statements, inspections by the state police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit and a state police accident reconstruction team showed Parmigiani blameless, Flagg said.

He was not speeding, his truck was not overloaded, and the inspection of vehicle revealed no flaws that contributed to the accident, Flagg said.

In fact, Flagg said, “The driver of the vehicle made significant attempts to avoid the accident.”

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