TOWNSHIP 3 INDIAN PURCHASE, Maine — State police hope that an autopsy scheduled for Monday will tell them why a 57-year-old Millinocket man apparently lost control of his Saturn View and crashed into a tree off Route 11 on Saturday.
Mark Knopf was traveling north on Route 11 about two miles outside of Millinocket when, witnesses said, the SUV suddenly veered across the southbound lane into a hemlock tree at about 1:20 p.m. A Millinocket Fire Department ambulance took him to Millinocket Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, state police said.
“There might have been some medical issues that added to the causation of the crash,” Trooper Adam Coover said Saturday. “If it was medical issues or the actual impact of the [vehicle hitting the] tree, we don’t know.”
The 2006 Saturn View was totaled in the crash, but based on witness statements, excessive speed does not appear to have been a factor in the accident, Coover said.
Knopf had been working outdoors in the morning cutting wood, which might have been a factor in the accident, Coover said.
Several of his friends were traveling in other vehicles in front of his and saw part of the accident.
The autopsy will be conducted at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, Coover said.
The investigation is continuing. State police Sgt. Sean Hashey assisted Coover at the scene and Trooper Barry Meserve conducted witness interviews at the hospital, Coover said.