ELLSWORTH — A Bradley man has been identified by police as the victim in a fatal accident Wednesday afternoon on Route 1A.
Richard Jazowski, 44, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu north on the road around 3:50 p.m. when his car collided head-on with a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Marcus Saunders, 38, of Hancock.
Jazowski was pronounced dead at the scene, Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said Thursday.
Saunders was still being treated Thursday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Page. He said police had spoken to him briefly on Wednesday, but they have not had time to interview Saunders about the crash.
Page said Thursday it is not clear how the collision occurred. He said there are conflicting witness statements, and that physical evidence at the scene suggests the vehicles collided over the centerline of the highway.
Police had initial indications on Wednesday that Saunders’ vehicle had crossed the centerline before it struck the Malibu.
“We’re not 100 percent sure that he did now,” Page said. “This one isn’t what it initially appeared to be.”
Page said police are testing the blood-alcohol content of each of the drivers because they are required to do so by state law in fatal accidents.
“There’s no indication alcohol was a factor,” he said.
Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, he said.
Traffic was blocked in both directions on Route 1A for several hours late Wednesday afternoon and evening as emergency response personnel removed the drivers and then the vehicles, and police officers examined the accident scene.