May 20, 2019
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No charges filed against driver in death of Boothbay Harbor bicyclist

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WISCASSET, Maine — No charges will be filed against the driver of a car that struck and killed a Boothbay Harbor bicyclist in October 2018.

Linda M. Cavanaugh, 67, was riding her bicycle on the far right of the white fog line on Route 27 near its intersection with Route 96 at about 4 p.m. Oct. 4 when her bicycle “veered sharply into the side/front” of a vehicle driven by Nancy Christopher, 66, also of Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor police Chief Robert Hasch said last year.

Cavanaugh was riding her bike home from her job as a certified nursing assistant at the St. Andrews Village assisted living facility.

In an email Tuesday, Hasch said that police forwarded the case to the district attorney’s office, which reviewed the evidence and declined to prosecute what the chief said was “certainly a tragic” event.

Lincoln County District Attorney Natasha Irving said Wednesday that Assistant District Attorney Katherine MacRae reviewed the case and found witness statements to be consistent, that there was no negligent or impaired driving and that Christopher was not intoxicated at the time.

“This was really just a tragic accident,” Irving said.

Witnesses reported Cavanaugh’s bicycle hit Christopher’s car “without signal or warning.” Cavanaugh, who was wearing a helmet, fell onto the pavement near an entrance to what is known as the Small Mall.

A police investigation indicates there were more than 5 feet between Cavanaugh’s bicycle and Christopher’s vehicle, “but the lack of signals, the severe swerve (and timing of the swerve) of the bicycle made the collision difficult to avoid,” Hasch wrote.

 



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