Waldoboro neighbor says road where teen bicyclist was hit, killed is a dangerous stretch

Posted Aug. 05, 2014, at 4 p.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — Police continue to investigate a deadly crash on Union Road. It happened on Friday night around 8:20 p.m. and Monday officers told CBS 13 it could be weeks before they have any official answers.

Police say 15-year-old Tyler Wood and 14-year-old Antonio Seccareccio were on their bicycles, and stopped on Union Road near address 603 to talk to two pedestrians when a box truck driven by 24-year-old Joseph Benedix came up. Police say Benedix claims he swerved to try and avoid them but couldn’t see them. Wood was hit and thrown from his bike, and Wood’s bike then hit Seccareccio. Police confirm Wood died at Maine Medical Center on Saturday, and Seccareccio suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Neighbors say people frequently speed and drive recklessly along that stretch of road, and some feared a tragedy like this might happen.

“We’ve almost been driven off the road several times … I’ve had people flashing their lights, trying to get us to pull over. I mean it’s ridiculous. It makes me angry. It makes me absolutely angry because this is avoidable,” said neighbor Cassandra Ruano.

Police say right now neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors, and they are waiting for the accident reconstruction report to be completed, as well as blood test results that will show whether Benedix was driving under the influence. Waldoboro police say Maine State Police are also examining the truck Benedix was driving.

 

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