February 21

Camden man dead after crash on Route 17 in Somerville

Snowy conditions contributed to the head-on crash between a Jeep Liberty and box truck that killed Alden Pease.

Staff Report

SOMERVILLE — A Camden man was killed in a Friday morning crash when his Jeep apparently crossed the center line and hit a delivery truck head-on on a snow-covered Route 17.

Alden F. Pease, 20, was killed while driving west on Route 17 when his 2004 Jeep Liberty crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Pine State Trading Company box truck around 7 a.m., according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, the release said.

Pease was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lee A. Reynolds, 26, of Litchfield, driver of the Pine State truck was not injured.

Road conditions may have contributed to the crash, according to the release. Route 17 was snow-covered and hadn’t been treated with sand or salt at the time of the accident. Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor, although a blood sample was taken from Reynolds as required by Maine law.

Pease’s name was not released by the sheriff’s department until evening.

“Because the damage to the sport utility vehicle was extensive it was initially difficult to identify the operator,” Lincoln County Sherriff’s Lt. Rand Maker said earlier in the day.

Deputies and state police plan to examine Pease’s jeep to see if mechanical problems contributed to this crash.

Police also want to find any witnesses to the crash and try to determine why Pease crossed the center line.

The district attorney’s office plans to review the final accident report, though charges are not expected, the release states.

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