Stockton Springs man killed in crash

Posted June 30, 2010, at 11:43 a.m.

NORTHPORT, Maine — A Stockton Springs man was killed Tuesday night in a single-car crash on Route 52, which police officials are attributing in part to speed.

Scott Riley, 35, died at the scene of the crash, Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday morning.

Riley was alone while driving south on Route 52 “at a high rate of speed” when he lost control of the 2008 Ford sedan at about 10:19 p.m., according to the police report from the sheriff’s office.

The car started to skid, spun 180 degrees and went into the ditch backward on the north side of the road, the report said. Riley’s car then flipped twice and rolled over once, landing on the wheels. Riley had not been wearing a seatbelt and was found partially in the car’s passenger seat, according to the report.

Neighbors who heard the crash called police to report it, and officers arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later, according to the police report. The accident occurred within a mile and a half of the Belfast-Northport town line, close to the intersection of Route 52 and Hart Road, Keating said.

Riley had suffered head trauma, and efforts by Northport and Belfast rescue crews to save his life were unsuccessful.

According to Keating, the accident remains under investigation, with Deputy Benjamin Seekins reconstructing the crash.

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