Augusta man dead after being run over by garbage truck

As reported in the Kennebec Journal on December 9, 2010

AUGUSTA — A man was killed by a garbage truck early Wednesday morning on Sewall Street.

Augusta police Sgt. Mark Desjardin said Gary Astbury, 57, who lived on Sewall Street, died when he was struck by a Riverside Disposal truck. The call came in at 6:50 a.m., he said.

“We’re still trying to investigate whether he was crossing or walking in the roadway,” Desjardin said Wednesday.

Desjardin said the truck, driven by Timothy Toman, 56, of Augusta, was facing north on Sewall Street and backed over Astbury. Astbury — who wound up underneath the truck, Desjardin said — died at the scene.

Desjardin said there were not a lot of witnesses to the early-morning accident. “We’re trying to figure out exactly what happened,” he said. “We’re trying to be as detailed and thorough as possible.”

The accident occurred near St. Michael School. Wednesday morning police were at the scene reconstructing the accident. Sewall Street was closed off to traffic.

Desjardin said no charges have been filed in the accident.

Maine State Police commercial vehicle enforcement units were at the scene along with Augusta police.

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