MARIAVILLE, Maine — A newspaper delivery driver from Clifton died Wednesday morning after she was ejected from her car, according to police.
Bethany Dias, 24, was an independent contractor working her second day delivering papers for the Bangor Daily News, Sgt. Tim Varney of Maine State Police said Wednesday. She was found around 6:20 a.m. by another motorist driving by the accident scene on Route 181, he said.
Dias was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, Varney said. A small black dog named Ripa that was in the vehicle with Dias appeared to have survived the accident unharmed but was running around in the woods near the accident scene. Varney said relatives of Dias were expected to come to the scene to try and catch the dog.
The vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Durango, was headed south on Route 181 and had just crested a hill when it slid out of control, Varney said. Police do not think speed was a factor and think Dias may have been distracted and unfamiliar with the road. The vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and then sharply back into the southbound lane before it slid off the western side of the pavement and rolled, coming to rest on top of the driver, he said.
The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Bryan Creamer.