Levant woman killed, daughter injured after pickup flips in Hermon

Posted Nov. 23, 2012, at 9:36 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 23, 2012, at 4:38 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A Levant woman was killed and her daughter was injured late Thanksgiving evening when their pickup truck lost control on Route 222 just west of Bangor, police said.

Retha Thomas, 50, and her daughter, Brooke Thomas-Soper, 18, were heading into Bangor for Black Friday shopping when the accident occurred just before midnight, according to Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

Morton said the mother and daughter had recently moved to Levant from the Hancock County town of Penobscot.

Thomas was driving on Union Street about a mile east of the Billings Road intersection when her truck hit a patch of black ice, slid off the opposite side of the roadway and flipped over, according to Morton.

She was ejected from the truck, which landed on top of her, Morton said, and Thomas-Soper had to be extricated by medical personnel. Neither mother nor daughter was wearing a seat belt.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, while her daughter was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment. Morton said she has since been discharged.

It’s unclear whether Thomas would have survived had she been wearing her seat belt, Morton said.

“I would say it’s certainly a factor in why she was ejected out of the vehicle,” Morton said.

Foggy conditions and black ice were also factors in the accident, Morton said. Route 222 was shut down for a couple of hours in both directions while rescue personnel cleaned up the scene, he added.

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