NEW PORTLAND, Maine — A Kingfield man died after an all-terrain vehicle accident in the early morning hours on Tuesday.
The body of Raymond Gerrish, 29, was found on Middle Road by a passing motorist on the way to work before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster.
“The ATV that Mr. Gerrish was operating had been taken without permission from [a] Kingsridge Road [residence] in Kingfield, approximately 10 to 12 miles from the crash scene,” Lancaster said in a statement. “Mr. Gerrish had taken the ATV, a 2009 Rubicon 550, from a neighbor’s residence where he had been visiting.”
Lancaster said it appears that Gerrish lost control of the ATV on a corner on the Middle Road in New Portland, left the roadway and struck a tree head-on, killing him instantly. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and did not possess a valid driver’s license, he said.
It is believed that the crash occurred shortly after midnight, he said.
“The investigation is ongoing to determine if alcohol was a contributing cause,” said Lancaster.
Gerrish was originally from Springvale, but had been residing in Kingfield.
The New Portland Fire Department and Northstar Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.