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November 13, 2009: A crash claimed the lives of three people Friday afternoon when a pickup truck collided head-on with a pulp truck and caught fire.

Because there is likely to be a dispute over how the accident occurred, it will be critical to conduct a detailed and thorough accident reconstruction and interview any witnesses, including the driver at the truck who also sustained injuries. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we utilize the very best accident reconstructionists to determine how and why accidents occurred. Field analysis of skid marks immediately prior to the collision is an excellent indicator of the positioning of the vehicles in the road and the speed of the vehicles prior to impact. The nature and extent of the damage to the vehicles is also an excellent way to determine speed, as well as the position of the vehicles in the roadway and in relation to each other at the point of impact. Because critical evidence necessary to perform such an investigation is often lost as time passes, it will be necessary in this case to begin the investigatory process as soon as possible.

We noted in previous blog entries the tragic death of Michael Lewis on Route 102 in Tremont. Lisa Skiff Renault has been joined by more than 750 others urging local teen drivers to slow down and act responsibly behind the wheel.

Ms. Skiff Renault spoke about the Facebook cause page and her efforts to start a group to promote safe driving among MDI High School students on Monday afternoon, shortly after she returned from Mr. Lewis’ funeral at the Tremont Community Center.

“I started this because I’m tired of going to these funerals,” she said.

Yesterday we reported on a fatal accident involving a vehicle operated by Michael Lewis and another vehicle operated by Dacota Dow. A State investigation is underway.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the impacted occurred near the center of the road. However, information obtained by the Ellsworth American indicates that was not the case. “The impact occurred well into Lewis’ lane; close to the ditch,” Mr. McCausland, the State Police spokesman said. “Lewis was making evasive maneuvers to avoid the collision.”

Police are still conducting interviews. An accident reconstruction specialist from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is involved in the case, police said.

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