Belfast businesswoman, wife of retired field hockey coach dies in Freedom crash

Posted Dec. 22, 2012, at 1:24 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 22, 2012, at 2:06 p.m.

FREEDOM, Maine — State police say a well-known Belfast businesswoman was killed Saturday morning when her pickup truck slid off Route 137 in Freedom and struck a tree.

The woman’s granddaughter escaped the crash with minor injuries.

Maine State Police Trooper Donald Webber said 64-year-old Ruth Holmes was dead at the scene of the crash that occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Her granddaughter — 11-year-old Cassie Jackson of Searsport — suffered bumps and bruises and was treated at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

The trooper reported that Holmes lost control of the truck on the ice-covered road. The truck flipped on its side and slid into a tree, crushing the roof. Both Holmes and her granddaughter were wearing their seat belts.

Holmes and her family have operated Holmes Greenhouse and Florist Shop in Belfast for years. Her husband Allen retired last month as the Belfast High School field hockey coach, after serving as coach for 40 years. Allen Holmes also is a retired physical education teacher at the Belfast Middle School.