Sunday, April 20, 2014
From staff reports
A Norridgewock man died Tuesday night after he was hit by a car on Mercer Road, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
Stanley Worthley, 70, was crossing the road, which is also U.S. Route 2, about 5 p.m. to go home after visiting a neighbor when he was hit by a westbound Toyota Highlander, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster said Wednesday in a news release.
Worthley was taken by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and died at the hospital, Lancaster said.
The driver of the SUV, William Young, 65, of Fayette, was not hurt, but Lancaster said he was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan for evaluation.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Lancaster said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.
Lancaster said it was dark when the accident occurred, and that an accident reconstructionist was called to the scene to assist investigators.
The Norridgewock Fire Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Department of Transportation assisted at the accident scene.
In 2006, Worthley was recognized by Cianbro Corp. as one of the company’s 25-year veterans. He was a construction specialist with that firm.
Worthley was involved in an accident on the same road in September 1999, when the vehicle he was driving struck a cyclist from behind.
A news article about the event said the cyclist, Victor Jepson, was on a three-wheeled, hand-operated cycle.
Worthley went into the breakdown lane to make a turn and didn’t see the cyclist, who was also in the breakdown lane, until the last minute, investigators said.
A Somerset County sheriff’s deputy at that time said it was “an unfortunate accident,” and that the two men knew each other. Worthley went to the hospital to check on Jepson, who was treated and released.