BANGOR, Maine — A resident of Union Street in Bangor who was an art teacher pulled out of her driveway early Friday morning and turned into the path of a landscaping service truck. She was ejected from her small blue car by the force of the impact and died at the scene, Bangor police Sgt. Ed Potter said.
The crash occurred sometime between 5:30 and 6 a.m. when Jacqualine McTigue, 55, was leaving for work in Glenburn.
“She apparently turned into the path of the other vehicle,” Potter said.
A truck, with the name Hopkins Landscaping on the side, was driving out Union Street when the accident occurred, the sergeant said. Two people were inside the truck, which was hauling a trailer with lawn mowers and other equipment aboard.
“They attempted to avoid it … and ended up in the ditch,” Potter said, pointing out dark black skid marks in the roadway behind him.
McTigue’s family members heard the crash outside the home at 1971 Union St. and ran to the scene.
“They were immediately down there,” Potter said. “It’s surreal for them. In this type of situation there is not a lot you can do.”
The crash closed the roadway for several hours, but it reopened at around 10 a.m.
The driver of the truck, while unhurt, was very shaken by the accident.
“Physically, he’s fine, but emotionally he’s upset,” Potter said.
One person witnessed the collision and an off-duty police officer stopped to lend a hand.
Employees at Glenburn Elementary School, where McTigue taught art, learned early Friday about her death. Her sister, Jane Reynolds, is a first-grade teacher at the school.
“It’s just been a brutal morning,” Principal Tom Sullivan said. “Her friends, her co-workers, are devastated.”
Sullivan said counselors from other RSU 26 schools and other area towns will be at the school throughout the day to support students and staff.
“All of our connecting towns have reached out incredibly,” Sullivan said. “She was a phenomenal teacher — so creative, so unique in what she did with the kids.”
While McTigue was a great teacher, Sullivan added, “she was an even better woman.”
In memory of McTigue, The Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search Program announced Friday afternoon that it will offer scholarships to allow four Glenburn Elementary School students in grades 3-8 to attend the Summer Junior Engineering and Mathematics Program.
The scholarship will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis in its first year, and will be awarded based on teacher recommendations in the future.
More information on the program, which has more than 4,000 graduates since it started in 2000, may be found at mmsets.org/pdfs/programs/summer_program_2012_Orono.pdf.
Funeral arrangements have been made for McTigue, and relatives and friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., in Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2.
Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bangor.
The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments after the interment at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith.
A complete obituary will be published in Wednesday’s edition of the Bangor Daily News.
BDN writer Nick McCrea contributed to this report.