June 21, 2018
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Orono man killed in motorcycle accident, police say alcohol a factor

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Delis Lane of Orono was pronounced dead at the scene after apparently losing control of his motorcycle and being ejected onto the breakdown lane of Interstate 95 late Friday night/early Saturday morning.

The 58-year-old Orono resident was merging onto I-95 north from I-395 just after 1 a.m. Saturday when he began to lose control of his 2004 Yamaha motorcycle on the looping onramp.

“He lost control at the end of the ramp, went over to the left shoulder and over the curb, and across the grass,” said Maine State Trooper Darren Vittum, who was the first responder to the accident about three minutes after the emergency call came in. “He was on the median when he was ejected onto the roadway in the breakdown lane.”

Vittum said speed, alcohol and driver inattention were contributors to the accident. Vittum said head injuries were the likely cause of death, as Lane was wearing a protective leather jacket and pants but not a helmet, but an autopsy will be performed on him this week to confirm cause of death.

“Bangor Rescue responded and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Vittum.


Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. The first responder to the accident was Maine State Trooper Darren Vittum, not Dan Vittum.

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