MMA Assistant Football Coach Killed in Accident

PENOBSCOT — An assistant football coach at Maine Maritime Academy was killed when his pickup truck left the road and rolled over on Route 166 Sunday.

Hancock County Deputy Chris Thornton said Richard E. Dykas II, 24, of Dedham, Mass., died at the scene. The crash occurred at 12:11 a.m.

Thornton said Dykas had failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

A passenger, Steven F. Nackley, 22, of New Hartford, N.Y. suffered minor injuries and was treated at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Thornton said.

Deputies Scott Kane and Chris Sargent assisted at the scene, as did the Penobscot Fire Department and Peninsula Ambulance.

The accident remains under investigation.

A prepared statement from the Academy said head football coach Chris McKenney assembled his team Sunday to inform players of Dykas’ death.

According to Deidra Davis, dean of student services, members of the college’s student support team were on campus throughout the day to offer support. They will remain on-call.

Davis added that as memorial arrangements are made public by Dykas’ family, the college will share them with the campus community and offer assistance to those students wishing to attend services.

MMA President William Brennan said, “Our hearts go out to Richie’s family and friends, as well as to his players and our close-knit coaching staff.”

“He was an important member of our community and the sudden loss of a coach, friend, and colleague has been a tremendous blow to the entire Academy family.”

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