May 28, 2018
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Old Town police release identity of woman struck, killed by vehicle; say charges not expected

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town police have identified the woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday night on Poplar Street.

Tamela Glenn, 54, of Old Town died at the accident scene, Old Town police Sgt. Michael Hashey said Wednesday night.

Hashey said Thursday that Glenn had parked her vehicle at a relative’s residence and was walking north along Poplar Street, near the intersection of Kirkland Road, to her own home, when she was struck from behind by a Nissan SUV at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the Nissan attempted to render aid and immediately called 911, he said.

Hashey said early Thursday morning that police had tentatively identified the woman who died but were withholding her name pending confirmation and notification of family members.

Hashey said the driver, who was not identified, was unable to see Glenn until she was directly in front of the vehicle due to Glenn’s dark clothing and weather conditions that resulted in very poor visibility.

The driver was unable to swerve or brake in time before striking Glenn partly due to road conditions, Hashey said.

Although Glenn was wearing a headlamp, her hood was up and she was walking with traffic, Hashey said. It is likely that Glenn did not see the vehicle approaching, he said.

Old Town police Sgt. Lee Miller, a crash reconstruction specialist, was called to reconstruct the accident. Members of the Orono Police Department and the Maine State Police assisted Old Town police at the scene.

Although the investigation continues, including results from the reconstruction, no charges are expected at this time, Hashey said.

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