MOUNT CHASE, Maine — A Dyer Brook man was killed Monday afternoon when he pulled out of a Route 11 driveway into the path of an oncoming pickup truck, Troy Morton, deputy chief of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday.
Ryan Bates, 36, waited for one truck to pass, then pulled his 2002 Pontiac Grand Am out of the driveway at about 4:50 p.m. and collided with the 1996 Chevy K3500 driven by Jake Rodrigue, 27, of Leeds.
“A big truck, like a chip truck, passed and after it passed he pulled out behind it,” Morton said. “He didn’t see the next one behind it.”
The vehicles collided violently in the northbound lane and both ended up in a nearby ditch.
“Mr. Bates’ sedan flipped over and came to rest in the ditch under Mr. Rodrigue’s truck,” Morton said in a press release.
Bates was pronounced dead at the scene. Rodrigue was looked at by ambulance personnel but was not injured.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Maine State Police, Patten Ambulance and Mount Chase Fire Department.
An accident reconstruction investigator was called to the scene, Morton said.
“We’re still looking at it and trying to figure out the cause,” the deputy chief said.