Victim of fatal hit-and-run identified as Bangor man; Brewer woman a suspect

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted June 04, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A longtime employee of a downtown business has been identified as the man who was killed in Saturday night’s fatal hit-and-run incident on Main Street in Bangor.

Joshua R. Constantine, 37, of Bangor was killed when he was hit by a car on Main Street near the entrance to Shaw’s supermarket around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Bangor police took possession of a silver 2000 Pontiac Bonneville they believe was involved in the hit-and-run from a Brewer residence on Sunday night and said a woman who lives there is a suspect in the case. She has not been charged.

“The manner of death was blunt impact injury to the head and the manner is listed as accidental,” Mark Belserene, administrator for the state medical examiner’s office, said Monday.

Constantine was an employee of Herbal Tea & Tobacco in downtown Bangor and lived on Patten Street, said a friend who is a fellow employee.

“Today our family is mourning the loss of our best friend and brother,” the Herbal Tea & Tobacco Facebook page states.

The company’s Facebook page was updated Sunday to feature photos of Constantine.

He is survived by his daughter, Kaya, described as “the light of his life” in his obituary in the Bangor Daily News.

Bangor police went to a residence on North Main Street in Brewer on Sunday and recovered the car they believe was involved, Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“We spoke to a person of interest who has developed into a suspect,” the sergeant said Monday.

She is cooperating with investigators, Edwards said.

The Pontiac is being processed at the police station.

The car was traveling toward downtown in the left-hand lane when Constantine was hit. There is no crosswalk in the area of the collision and police still are trying to figure out where Constantine was heading when he was hit, Edwards said.

“No one knows which side he came from or which direction he was heading,” the sergeant said.

The Zac Brown Band was playing nearby at the Waterfront Concert pavilion. Constantine’s friend said he believes that Constantine had been at the concert and was heading home when he was struck by the car.

It is possible that charges will be lodged against the driver, but it is up to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office how to proceed, Edwards said.

“It may be in an indictment form,” the sergeant said, noting the woman’s case could be presented to the Penobscot County grand jury.

She also could be arrested or simply charged and given a court summons, Edwards said.

Police Detective Larry Morrill is the lead investigator in the case.

The only crosswalks on Main Street near Shaw’s are at the junctions with Buck Street, five blocks to the south, and Railroad Street, one block to the north.

Local and state transportation officials may consider adding another crosswalk now that a jaywalker has died, Edwards said.

“It could, as a result, be added to the list,” the sergeant said.

Constantine graduated from Bangor High School, Tilton (N.H.) Academy and the Outward Bound Adventure program, “where his love of nature and his spirit were nurtured and cultivated,” his obituary said.

“Josh’s love for skiing eventually led him to become an employee of Sugarloaf Mountain and Attitash Mountain,” it added. “Josh was a lifelong rock climbing enthusiast who established many rock climbing and bouldering routes around New England.”

He had worked for 15 years at Herbal Tea & Tobacco, where “he greeted customers and artisans with kindness and enthusiasm,” the obituary said.

Visiting hours are scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Brookings-Smith funeral home, 133 Center St., Bangor. Private graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bangor and a celebration of his life is planned for a later date.

Those with information about the case may call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached at ext. 6.

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