THOMASTON, Maine — A 23-year-old man was killed Monday morning when he was hit by a car while walking on Route 1.
Police Chief Kevin Haj said Tyler Wentworth of Rockland was walking north in the northbound lane of an unlighted section of Route 1 between Dragon Products and Buttermilk Lane when he was struck by a car shortly before 5 a.m.
Wentworth had been drinking and was wearing dark clothing, according to police.
“He left a friend’s house in Rockland and he came to Thomaston on foot. There was an incident that took place, and he was walking back to Rockland,” said Thomaston police Officer Tim Hoppe, who is investigating the case.
According to Hoppe, Wentworth hit the windshield of a 1999 Dodge Intrepid driven by Robert Emery, 62, of Spruce Head.
Wentworth bounced off the car and then slid onto the shoulder of the road.
“He was on pavement when we found him,” Hoppe said. “He was dead on impact, it’s safe to say.”
Haj said Emery was “shook up,” but uninjured. Emery, an independent contractor who delivers Bangor Daily News newspapers, called police to report the accident at 4:56 a.m.
Police closed a section of Route 1 from 5 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. to reconstruct the scene.
No charges have been filed, according to Hoppe.
Wentworth has two children, ages 6 years and 10 months.
Rockland police, Thomaston Fire Department and Thomaston Ambulance also responded.