State police investigate deadly motorcycle crash in Carmel

Posted July 22, 2011, at 7:10 p.m.
Last modified July 22, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.

CARMEL, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating a motorcycle accident Friday that left a Levant man dead.

The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Michael Howe, Trooper Trevor Snow said Friday night.

Snow said the accident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Cook Road. He said Howe was traveling west on his 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan when he failed to negotiate a left curve. The motorcycle left the pavement, went onto a soft shoulder and the driver lost control.

The motorcycle then struck a large pile of rocks at the end of a driveway. Howe, who was thrown from the motorcycle, died at the scene, Snow said. The driver, he said, was not wearing a helmet and did not have a passenger on board when the accident occurred.

The accident remained under investigation early Friday evening, said Snow, who is the primary investigator. Trooper Marc Poulin is reconstructing the accident. Other state police officers who assisted are Sgt. Scott Hamilton, Trooper Seth Edwards and Trooper Barry Meserve.

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