Madawaska crash victim identified

Posted March 24, 2010, at 2:03 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

MADAWASKA, Maine — Police on Wednesday released the name of a local man killed late Tuesday afternoon when the truck that he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer.

The crash occurred on a slush-covered section of U.S. Route 1 in the St. David section of town.

Police Chief Ron Pelletier said Gabriel Lilly, 23, was killed after he lost control of his vehicle shortly before 3:30 p.m. about a quarter-mile from the Grand Isle town line. Lilly was traveling east toward Van Buren when he veered out of control while attempting to pass a tractor-trailer.

The pickup then spun around and ended up sideways in the path of another oncoming tractor-trailer, which struck the driver’s side of the pickup, the chief said.

The tractor-trailer, owned by Dysart’s Transportation, was driven by Charles McLellan. He was not injured.

Lilly was traveling alone and it was not clear whether he was wearing a seat belt. Hydraulic extrication equipment was used to remove him from the wreckage.

Lilly was taken to Edmundston (New Brunswick) Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Pelletier said.

The posted speed limit on the road was 55 mph, but the roads were slushy at the time, Pelletier said. He said Wednesday that Lilly was driving too fast for the road conditions.

The victim’s name had been withheld until Wednesday pending notification of family.