Bowdoinham man dies after truck he was driving hits tree

Posted June 27, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A 34-year-old Bowdoinham man died in a single-vehicle crash on Route 125 early Saturday morning.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Brett Strout said deputies received a call at 1:34 a.m. Saturday about a loud crash at the sharp corner at the top of the hill in the area of 84 Main St. Deputy Matt Shiers and Cpl. Ian Alexander went to the scene and found a truck had hit a tree at the corner at what appears to have been a high rate of speed.

Strout said the driver of the 2000 GMC pickup truck, Jason C. Belanger, 34, was dead at the scene. Belanger was not wearing a seat belt, Strout said.

A boxer puppy in the truck appeared to be fine and was taken by Roland Pinette, the Topsham Police Department’s animal control officer.

Bowdoinham Fire Department, Bowdoinham EMS and a North East Mobile Health Services ambulance also went to the scene.

Strout said that speed appears to be a contributing factor, along with the fact that the driver was not wearing a seat belt. The crash remains under investigation by Shiers and Alexander. Detective David Beauregard of the Bath Police Department is in charge of crash reconstruction work.

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