Brewer woman dies after Orrington accident



ORRINGTON — A Brewer woman has died after getting injured in an alleged hit-and-run accident earlier this month, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

The other driver in that accident was Marc Sparks, 29, of Bucksport, who afterward drove away from the accident scene, police said.

According to Chief Deputy Troy Morton, Sparks was located only after several law enforcement agencies traced his vehicle to Bucksport.

Sparks then confirmed his involvement in the accident, said Morton, whose department hasn’t issued any charges but is still investigating the incident.

The accident took place on Route 15 on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 13.

Robin Rie, 59, of Brewer was heading south and had stopped to turn left into a vegetable stand.

Sparks, driving a gold 2002 Dodge sedan, also was heading south when he struck the rear end of Rie’s black 2001 GMC sport utility vehicle, according to Morton.

After the accident, Morton said the injured Rie was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in “critical condition.”

The hospital wasn’t able to share any information about Rie’s injuries, in accordance with its confidentiality policy.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Morton indicated the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office informed the Sheriff’s Office about Rie’s death that morning.

No other information was immediately available about the ongoing investigation into Sparks’ involvement.

Morton said his findings eventually will be reviewed by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors. [email protected]