ORRINGTON, Maine — Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in a snowmobile crash that left an Orrington man dead early Thursday morning, police said.
David Hall, 42, was driving illegally down Long Hill Road around 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his machine and struck a telephone pole, according to Deputy Mark Lloyd of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
Hall was not riding along any area trails, the deputy said.
“You can cross the road but you can’t drive on it like it’s a car,” said Lloyd, citing the state’s snowmobiling regulations.
Hall, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from his machine, according to Lloyd. A snowplow truck driver saw him lying in the road while clearing roads and called 911.
“He thought it was a car,” said Lloyd.
Although Hall was talking to responders at the scene while receiving treatment, his condition slowly deteriorated as he was placed in an ambulance and taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he later died, Lloyd said.
The deputy said speed, alcohol and road conditions were the main factors in the crash. The roads were slick at the time from a winter storm that lingered Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The accident remains under investigation, Lloyd said.
Correction: A previous version of this story identified the road where the accident took place as Long Hill Drive. It is Long Hill Road.