ELLSWORTH — The driver of a 2016 three-axle box truck hauling Oakhurst milk died after a Nov. 16 collision with a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling tissue paper on Route 9 in Crawford, the Maine State Police reported.
“While we have tentatively identified the driver, we will not be releasing a name until a positive identification has been made by the Medical Examiner,” said Troop J Commander Rod Charette.
Both vehicles belong to Krisway Truck Leasing.
The tractor-trailer was driven by Nicholas Cota, 20, of Greenfield Township, police said. “Cota was driving west while the Oakhurst truck was travelling east and the collision occurred in the eastbound lane. Failure to maintain the proper lane and speed appear to be factors in this crash.”
Trooper Keith York is the primary investigator and was assisted on scene by Charette, Sgt. Jeff Ingemi, Sgt. Aaron Turcotte, Corp. Micah Perkins, Det.Chad Lindsey, Trooper Andy Foss, Trooper Cliff Peterson and Trooper Josh D’Angelo. A crash reconstruction and forensic mapping are being conducted along with a vehicle autopsy. The Alexander Fire Department, Baileyville Fire Department, Wesley Fire Department, Downeast EMS and Bouchard’s Towing also assisted. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation assisted.
Trooper Owen Reed responded to Blue Hill for a report that a man was out of control and in the roadway with a fire poker Nov. 16.
Reed and Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies responded and found the man had broken into two buildings and damaged numerous items.
Reed arrested Benjamin Viggiano, 23, of Stonington and Connecticut on two counts of burglary and one count refusing to submit to arrest.
Trooper Kim Sawyer summoned Jessica Dana, 37, of Indian Township on a charge of operating after suspension after a car/deer collision in Princeton Nov. 16.
Sawyer is investigating damage to several mailboxes in Robbinston, reported on Nov. 16.