Police identify tractor-trailer driver questioned in death of Trek Across Maine bicyclist

Posted June 15, 2013, at 3:24 p.m.

HANOVER, Maine — Police have identified the driver of a tractor-trailer that was stopped during the investigation into the fatal collision with a bicyclist from Massachusetts who was participating in the Trek Across Maine on Friday morning.

Michel Masse-Defresne, 24, of Quebec, who was carrying corn to Augusta, was stopped by police in Rumford driving a truck similar in description to the one witnesses say struck and killed David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., about 10 miles into the trek, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Saturday.

“At this point, no charges have been filed,” he said. “There is no issue with his truck and no issues with his driving record.”

“There is nothing on the truck to indicate there was a mishap,” McCausland added.

The investigation is continuing as investigators review some video footage collected, he said, adding that people with videos of the trek taken around the time of the accident should contact the Maine State Police.

LeClair was pedaling with half a dozen of his athenahealth cycling teammates when he was hit at about 8:45 a.m. Friday and killed instantly.

“Friends he was riding with stopped to render assistance and called police with a description of the truck which did not stop,” McCausland said in a Friday press release.

Masse-Defresne was stopped by police a short time later in Rumford, which is about 9 miles from the scene. The truck driver said he passed hundreds of bikes and “did not notice anything,” McCausland said Friday.

The Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180-mile bicycle ride that started at Sunday River ski resort in Newry and ends in Belfast. More than 2,000 cyclists are participating, according to the Sun Journal of Lewiston. The event, an annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association, is continuing.

LeClair graduated magna cum laude from Bentley University of Waltham, Mass., in 2011, according to his Linkedin page. He started working for athenahealth in December 2011 as a rules and format management associate, the site says.

“As someone who lives with environmental-induced asthma, this is personal for me,” LeClair posted on his Trek Across Maine profile page.

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