Man kills self in deliberate collision

Posted Feb. 12, 2009, at 7:35 p.m.

MERCER, Maine — A fatal car crash that closed busy Route 2 for more than 10 hours Thursday has been called a suicide.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, said the victim deliberately drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee directly into the path of a fully loaded pulp truck at about 2:30 a.m.

David Leavitt, 46, of Belgrade was killed instantly in the head-on crash, McCausland said.

“Troopers learned that Leavitt had been despondent over the breakup of his marriage and had been talking about suicide in recent days,” he said.

No suicide note or message was found, McCausland said.

The crash was so violent that the pulp truck had to be unloaded before the two vehicles could be separated. The truck driver, Randy Wentworth, 50, of Abbot, was not injured. He had been headed west to Jay. Damage to his truck will exceed $50,000, police said. The Jeep was demolished.

McCausland said thousands of motorists were disrupted when they were forced to detour around the crash site. The road remained closed for 10 hours to allow the logs to be removed and the vehicles to be pulled apart.

Mercer is about midway between Farmington and Norridgewock.

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