January 23, 2018
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Indian Township man, 19, dies in Thursday crash

By Tony Reaves, BDN Staff
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BIG LAKE TOWNSHIP, Maine — A 19-year-old Indian Township man died Thursday morning when he lost control turning a corner and flipped the truck he was driving, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say Ray Sockabasin was rounding a corner while traveling north on West Street around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of the 2006 Toyota Tundra he was driving.

Police say the vehicle struck several trees before rolling onto its roof. Sockabasin was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle. He was reported as deceased when emergency responders arrived. Chief Alex Nicholas of the Indian Township Police Department notified Sockabasin’s family.

According to Sockabasin’s obituary, he was a student at Cobscook Community Learning Center. Sockabasin “enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his four-wheeler and dirt bike, snowmobiling, mudding, collecting unique rocks and taking care of animals,” his obituary says. “Ray had aspirations to follow his father’s footsteps and work in forestry.”

There were no other occupants in the truck and no witnesses to the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

The crash is under investigation by Deputy Greg Sawyer of the sheriff’s office.

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