June 22, 2018
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Orland man who had been lying in road dies after being struck by car

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident in which a 22-year-old Orland man was struck by a car late Wednesday while he apparently was lying in the roadway. He later died of his injuries.

The accident happened around 10:40 p.m. near the Bucksport-Orland line on the road that doubles as Routes 1 and 3. A 19-year-old Bucksport man was driving east on Acadia Highway when he came upon Leamen Allen, who police said was lying in the road. The driver was unable to avoid Allen, according to police.

Allen was taken by Bucksport Ambulance Service to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he later died.

The accident remains under investigation, and no other information was available on Thursday. It was unclear how Allen ended up in the road, which is a busy highway connecting Bucksport and Ellsworth. The stretch of road where Allen was struck has several businesses but relatively few residences.

Wednesday night’s accident was the second time in less than a month that a driver in Maine struck a person who reportedly was lying in the roadway.

In early August, 44-year-old Bert Knox died after he was struck by a pickup truck on Route 142 in Carthage. Knox, who apparently was intoxicated at the time, was said to have a history of lying in the road.

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