UMaine student dies in crash on way to final

Tony Avila the owner of TA's Automotive secures a Jeep on his towtruck in Troy Wednesday.  One person was killed in the accident when the SUV went off the road and struck a utility pole about one mile West of the Baker Road on Route 9. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Tony Avila the owner of TA's Automotive secures a Jeep on his towtruck in Troy Wednesday. One person was killed in the accident when the SUV went off the road and struck a utility pole about one mile West of the Baker Road on Route 9. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Central Maine Power eployees work on replacing the utility pole that was cliped by a vehicle that slid off Route 9 in Troy. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Central Maine Power eployees work on replacing the utility pole that was cliped by a vehicle that slid off Route 9 in Troy. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Posted Dec. 15, 2010, at 12:45 p.m.

TROY, Maine — A University of Maine student driving to a final exam skidded into a utility pole on Route 9 at about 9 a.m. in Troy and died at the scene, police said.

David E. Brown, 18, passed another vehicle on Route 9 and soon afterward lost control of his 1994 Jeep Cherokee, according to Keating. The vehicle skidded and smashed broadside on the driver’s side into the utility pole, snapping it off. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

The falling pole dragged live wires down onto Route 9, which was shut down for about an hour before one lane could be cleared and reopened to traffic.

Brown was a first-year physics major at the University of Maine in Orono, according to university spokesman Joe Carr.

“The UMaine community is stunned and saddened by David’s untimely death,” Robert Dana, the university’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon. “The loss of a student is a tragedy, which strikes at the core of our community. Our thoughts and sympathies are with David’s family and friends during this terribly difficult time.”

According to police, Brown’s parents live in Missouri, and he had been living with relatives in Unity while attending UMaine.

The crash, along with another in Knox in which a mother and her daughter were killed on their way to school, was among nine accident reports that the sheriff’s office had responded to by early Wednesday afternoon as 3 to 5 inches of snow fell on the region, Keating said.

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