Castle Hill man killed in crash

Posted May 21, 2009, at 11 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

CASTLE HILL, Maine — Police say alcohol is believed to have contributed to an accident that killed a Castle Hill man on Wednesday afternoon after he crashed into a grader on the Castle Hill Road.

State Police Sgt. Julie Bergan said Thursday that Terrance C. Lavway, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which took place just before 1:30 p.m.

According to Bergan, Lavway was traveling south on the roadway when he came upon a state Department of Transportation road grader that was working on the road.

Bergen said that the grader was all the way to the right shoulder in the southbound lane when Lavway went to pass the vehicle, which was driven by 53-year-old Raymond G. Putnam of Mapleton.

Lavway apparently misjudged the distance between his 2006 Dodge Stratus and the 1994 grader and crashed into the left rear of the grader with the right front of his vehicle.

Lavway was not wearing a seat belt and died of massive internal trauma. His vehicle was destroyed.

Putnam was uninjured and his vehicle sustained minor damage.

The road was closed to traffic for nearly four hours.

State Police Trooper Robert Flynn is reconstructing the accident.

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