WARREN, Maine — A Warren man was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a truck as he was walking in the middle of Route 1.
Robert Hamilton, 30, of Warren, was killed instantly, according to a news release issued Sunday morning by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.
Hamilton was walking in the middle of Route 1 shortly before 10 p.m. when he was struck by a 1992 Mazda truck operated by Kurt Olesch, 27, of Old Town, according to a news release. The truck was heading north on a stretch of Route 1 by the Finntown Road where there are no streetlights.
A witness to the crash said that Olesch was traveling slightly below the 55 miles per hour speed limit along that stretch of road.
The sheriff’s office stated that it was not known why Hamilton was in the middle of the road.
Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office. Olesch was charged, however, with operating after suspension for failure to pay fines.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Warren fire and emergency medical services, along with Waldoboro Police Department. The crash is being reconstructed by Rockland police Sgt. Ken Smith.