Police: Man killed in Starks accident was picking up bottles prior to being hit by dump truck

Posted Sept. 18, 2013, at 9:44 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 18, 2013, at 7:16 p.m.

STARKS, Maine — An Anson man was picking up bottles on the side of Route 43 in Starks on Tuesday when a fully loaded dump truck struck him, killing him instantly, police said.

Walter Cowan, 84, had parked his vehicle on the side of the road just prior to being struck around 10:40 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Lancaster said Cowan was in front of his Chevy Trailblazer retrieving bottles when he stepped back into the roadway to get into the vehicle, and was hit by a truck operated by Ronald Giguere, 71, of Solon.

The accident occurred near the Anson-Starks town line, the chief deputy said, and the dump truck was heading northbound on Route 43.

The 10-wheel International dump truck Giguere was driving is owned by the town of Starks, Lancaster explained. A blood test was conducted on Giguere, as is protocol with any fatal crash, the chief deputy said.

Lancaster said the road was shut down for several hours while sheriff’s deputies and state police worked at the scene.

The chief deputy said no charges have been filed in connection with the accident.

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