Orland girl, 16, hit by plow truck dies

Posted Feb. 11, 2011, at 12:22 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 11, 2011, at 9:15 p.m.

ORLAND, Maine — A 16-year-old Orland girl died Thursday night after being struck by a pickup truck with an attached plow while she was walking on School House Road near her home.

According to police, Kimberlie Hayes was walking on the road at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet 1-ton pickup truck with a plow driven by Michael Malenfant, 39, also of Orland. Malenfant told police that he did not see the girl, who was wearing dark clothing and walking on the side of the road in an area where there are no streetlights.

Trooper Greg Roy of the Maine State Police said it is not known whether Hayes was walking with or against traffic when she was struck by the plow. The accident took place about 100 feet from the girl’s home.

A paramedic who lived nearby performed CPR on the teenager until an ambulance arrived. Hayes was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she was pronounced dead at 11 p.m., police said.

According to Roy, speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, and no charges were filed against Malenfant.

Hayes had been a student at Bucksport High School last year, but was being home-schooled this year. The school’s crisis team was activated and teachers informed students of the accident during an extended homeroom period Friday. School counselors were available during the school day and were busy meeting with students throughout the morning, according to Assistant Principal Dan Clifford.

Roy said the accident is still under investigation. He was assisted at the scene by deputies from Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Orland and Bucksport fire departments.

Hayes is the second person in a week to be struck in Maine by a plow truck while walking along a road. A Unity man was injured last week while walking near his home, according to state police.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety said this winter’s heavy snowfall has narrowed many two-lane roads in the state, and officials advise pedestrians to use extra caution while walking along them. Some winter walking tips are:

  • Always walk facing traffic and stay as close to the curb as possible.
  • At night, wear reflective or light-colored clothing and carry a flashlight.
  • Wear appropriate footwear.

ORLAND, Maine — A 16-year-old Orland girl died Thursday night after being struck by a pickup truck with an attached plow while she was walking on School House Road near her home.

According to police, Kimberly Hayes was walking on the road at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet one-ton pickup truck with a plow driven by Michael Malenfant, 39, also of Orland. Malefant told police that he did not see the girl, who was wearing dark clothing and walking on the side of the road in an area where there are no street lights.

Trooper Greg Roy of the Maine State Police said it is not know whether Hayes was walking with or against traffic when she was struck by the plow. The accident took place about 100 feet from the girl’s home.

A paramedic who lived nearby performed CPR on the teenager until an ambulance arrived. Hayes was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she was pronounced dead at 11 p.m., police said.

According to Trooper Roy, speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash and no charges were filed against Malenfant.

Hayes had been a student at Bucksport High School last year, but was being home-schooled this year. The school’s crisis team was activated and teachers informed students of the accident during an extended homeroom period on Friday. School counselors were available during the school day and were busy meeting with students throughout the morning, according to Assistant Principal Dan Clifford.

Roy said the accident is still under investigation. He was assisted at the scene by deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Orland and Bucksport fire departments.

Hayes is the second person in a week to be struck in Maine by a plow truck while walking along a road. A Unity man was injured last week while walking near his home, according to State Police.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety said this winter’s heavy snow fall has narrowed many two lane roads in the state and officials are advising pedestrians to use extra caution while walking along them.

Some winter walking tips are:

  • Always walk facing traffic and stay as close to the curb as possible.
  • At night, wear reflective or light colored clothing and carry a flashlight.
  • Wear appropriate footwear.

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