June 23, 2018
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Truck driver’s brother speaks out

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Brian Steven Isdell’s death is causing “immeasurable pain and heartache” to his family, and if vandalism or robbery contributed to that death, his family wishes the criminals would see the tragic incident “as a wake-up call to change their lives,” Isdell’s brother said Saturday.

“Their intentions may have been just getting a few dollars or having a little ‘fun,’ but the results are a wife without a husband and two children who will never see their father again,” Daniel Isdell wrote Saturday in the comments section of the bangordailynews.com story on his brother’s death.

“If any kids are reading this, please, if you’re ever in this sort of situation, think about the consequences of your actions and don’t just go along with a group or do something stupid to be ‘cool,’ because it’s not,” Isdell wrote at 4:17 a.m. from his home in San Jose, Calif.

Following up an interview with a Bangor Daily News reporter on Friday, Daniel Isdell said it seems the Lincoln Police Department is doing “a fine job” handling the investigation.

“The fact that Officer [Patty] McLaughlin found Steve within 7 minutes of the time he stopped his truck says that they are on the ball, as do the facts that they have interviewed numerous witnesses and have two suspects in custody,” Isdell wrote from San Jose. “We trust that the investigation will continue and that the truth will be discovered.”

No one is in custody, but investigators have identified and interviewed two “persons of interest,” town men, 18 or 19 years old, who might face charges for their confrontation with the Tennessee truck driver just before Isdell’s fatal heart attack in a downtown parking lot, Police Chief William Flagg has said.

An autopsy conducted Friday showed that Isdell, 55, of Mountain City, Tenn., died of natural causes brought on by heart disease, possibly after what police have described as a confrontation with the teenagers in a parking lot at Lake and Main streets at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

McLaughlin found Isdell had collapsed in the parking lot. His truck was parked at Mechanic and Main streets on the opposite side of the football-field-size lot with its motor running and lights on. His death, and reports of the confrontation, led local and state police to seal off the entire Mechanic and Lake streets block for most of Thursday morning.

The state medical examiner’s ruling precludes homicide charges, but police will meet at the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office in Bangor this week to see whether lesser charges should be applied, Flagg has said.

Isdell said he posted comments to the Web site to thank the people who expressed condolences or regrets on his brother’s death, but went beyond that.

“My wife and I hope that something good could come from this incident,” he said. “The fact that all of you are discussing the problems which most American towns face is a good start. It would be nice to see the discussion stay focused on positive solutions — maybe a teen center that could stay open fairly late and provide alternatives like movies, games, Internet access, music.

“It would be comforting to think that Steve’s death was not completely in vain,” he added. “It sounds like you have a good town with lots of people who really care about it, and I hope this will be a catalyst for people to work together, not something that will cause division and finger-pointing.

“The idea that was expressed earlier about a memorial to coincide with the time of Steve’s funeral is lovely, and I hope it will come to pass. I’m sure it would mean a lot to my brother’s wife and children, and to all of us who are grieving now.”

Echoing comments he made Friday, Isdell described his brother as “a really nice, friendly, funny, down-to-earth guy. He was a great dad to his two sons and was working hard to provide for his family.”



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