TOWNSHIP 2 RANGE 9, Maine — The impact of her gray SUV slamming into a tree killed a 56-year-old Millinocket woman last month, but investigators don’t yet know why her vehicle veered off Interstate 95, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office said Friday.
Elizabeth Gould died from multiple blunt-force traumas in the collision, which investigators have ruled an accident, the spokesman said.
Results from some toxicology tests taken as standard procedure in such accidents are pending, the spokesman said.
The SUV’s driver, Gould was pronounced dead at Millinocket Regional Hospital shortly after the accident, which occurred off the northbound lane about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
The vehicle had passed an 18-wheeler before veering sharply right and continuing off the right side of the road for about 300 feet before hitting the tree at what one witness estimated was about 75 mph. The SUV had no passengers, state police have said.
The SUV rotated 180 degrees during the impact and slowly caught fire, state police said.
Several witnesses and passers-by, including two or three people who said they were trained in first aid and an off-duty police officer, found Gould slumped between the front seats of the vehicle.
The SUV’s air bags apparently deployed properly. Gould never regained consciousness, a witness said.
Other passers-by armed with fire extinguishers doused the flames when the vehicle caught fire.