May 26, 2018
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Pedestrian killed near Marden’s entrance in Calais

Tom McLaughlin, WQDY-FM | BDN
Tom McLaughlin, WQDY-FM | BDN
Emergency personnel raise a blue tarp to shield the public from the scene where a pedestrian was struck and killed early Thursday afternoon near the entrance of Marden's in downtown Calais.
By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

CALAIS, Maine — An investigation is ongoing Friday after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car outside the Marden’s entrance in Calais, a stone’s throw away from the U.S.-Canada border.

Sgt. Chris Donahue of the Calais Police Department said Zina Eller, 49, of East Machias died after she was hit by a ‘99 Toyota driven by Kenneth Martin, 74, of Eastport.

Martin “was pulling into a parking space” when he struck Eller, who had just left the store, Donahue said. Eller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vehicles normally travel relatively slowly as drivers pull into a parking space, Donahue said, so police still are trying to piece together how Eller was struck with enough force to kill her. Police have yet to determine whether Martin will be charged with a crime, pending an investigation into the cause and circumstances of the crash, Donahue said.

Martin has been interviewed by police, who were assisted by Calais Fire and EMS, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Immigration.

Donahue said it was the first fatal accident in Calais this year.

Marden’s remained open throughout the incident and investigation. A manager at the Calais store declined comment.

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