CLIFTON, Maine — Police on Monday released the identities of the motorcyclist and passenger who died Sunday in a crash on Route 9 .
Elizabeth Gould, 36, and Jason Emerson, 40, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said the motorcycle, operated by Emerson, was traveling east and passing other vehicles just before fatal crash occurred at about 6 p.m. The bike went off Route 9 about a quarter-mile east of Yawaca Road.
“Clearly speed was a factor,” Morton said Monday.
The motorcycle crossed into the lane of oncoming traffic and left the roadway, went down an embankment and crashed into trees, the deputy chief said Sunday night.
Investigators are working with the family on details about where the two were going and their relationship, Morton said. It is not yet known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, he said.
“We won’t know about that until the tests are back,” Morton said.
Emerson and Gould both were thrown from the bike when it struck a guardrail on the westbound side of the roadway, the chief deputy said. Neither of them were wearing helmets.
The accident remains under investigation. A reconstruction team from the Maine State Police is assisting. Trooper Christopher Cookson did forensic mapping, Trooper Larry Anderson did reconstruction, and Troopers Darren Vittum and David Yankowsky and Sgt. Ted Millett also assisted at the scene, the state police website states.
BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report