Presque Isle man killed in collision

Posted Feb. 26, 2010, at 8:24 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A 69-year-old Presque Isle man was killed Friday in a two-vehicle collision on Houlton Road.

Presque Isle police Officer Kevin Reed said Cary F. Easler was southbound on the roadway at the time of the crash, which occurred just before 10:53 a.m.

According to Reed, Easler was operating a 2001 Chevy Venture van owned by Levasseur’s NAPA of Presque Isle, an auto and truck parts dealer, when the vehicle was struck by a car driven by Heidi Broad-Smith, 45, of Blaine.

Police said Broad-Smith was northbound when she lost control of her 2004 GMC Yukon on the icy road and crossed into the southbound lane.

Just after the crash, Deputy Rudy Levesque of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department came upon the accident scene and called police. He was taking prisoners to the Aroostook County Jail at the time.

Presque Isle firefighters used extrication equipment to free Easler from the van.

Reed said emergency medical personnel from Crown Ambulance and the Fire Department provided care at the scene and during the transport of Easler to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle.

Easler was pronounced dead at TAMC just after noon.

Broad-Smith also was taken to TAMC where she received treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening. Further information on her medical status was unavailable Friday evening.

Both operators were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, and air bags in both vehicles deployed, according to police.

Reed is the primary investigator, and Presque Isle police Officer Peter Johnson is reconstructing the accident.

A storm bringing snow, freezing rain and sleet was moving through the area at the time of the accident, and weather conditions contributed to the accident, according to Reed.

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