Lubec man, 58, dies in single-car accident

Posted Aug. 02, 2010, at 6:44 p.m.

LUBEC, Maine — A lifelong resident of Lubec, Stephen Rier, 58, was killed Monday when he lost control of his sedan and rolled it over on South Lubec Road.

According to Deputy Dennis Dorsey, Rier was operating a 2004 Hyundai Accent when it went off the roadway and he overcorrected. Dorsey said the car then spun around, slid down the road and went down an embankment, rolling over.

Rier was ejected and the car rolled over on top of him, Dorsey said. He said several passing motorists were able to roll the car off Rier so that emergency responders could render aid.

The Lubec Fire and Rescue Department went to the scene, according to Sheriff Donnie Smith, but Rier died shortly after the accident.

Smith said LifeFlight Air Ambulance had been alerted and an ambulance called, but they were not necessary.

Smith said the crash happened in a series of S-curves near Rier’s home on Jim’s Head Road, not far from West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.

Smith believes speed was a factor in the accident and officials are investigating whether alcohol played a role. Testing will take several weeks to make a final determination.

Smith said the crash remains under investigation by Dorsey.

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