ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Pembroke man whose wife died in a car accident in northern Hancock County has died from injuries he suffered in the collision, according to a state official.

Wayne Rice, 75, was driving the car, a 2002 Kia, around 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, when it slid on an icy section of Route 9 in Township 28, police said last week. The car slid into the lane of oncoming traffic and was struck on its passenger side by an eastbound 2009 GMC Yukon.

Rice’s wife, Lorraine Rice, 74, was riding as a passenger in the Kia and died instantly from the collision, police said. Wayne Rice was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Monday that Wayne Rice is believed to have died from his injuries later on the day of the accident.

“He died either Friday afternoon or evening at the hospital,” McCausland said.

The driver of the GMC and her passenger suffered minor injuries from the crash. Driver Holly Hubley, 45, and Trevor Grandy, 35, both of Halifax, Nova Scotia, complained of minor chest pain, which most likely was caused by their seat belts, police said.

Bill Trotter

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....