UNITY — A local woman who is also a member of the town’s Select Board died Tuesday while driving her car, police said.

Margret “Maggie” Wilcox, 80, is believed to have died before her Volkswagen Beetle veered off U.S. Route 202/ 9 and across the Field of Dreams park, according to Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

“There were no signs of trauma, so it just appears she passed of natural causes,” Trundy said today.

The incident was reported as a car accident at 10:46 a.m. Wilcox’s vehicle appears to have drifted across the opposite lane of the road and traveled several hundred feet across the park, coming to rest against trees near a wooded area, Trundy said. Police found no skid marks in the road.

A man who was mowing the grass at the park discovered to vehicle and called authorities. Waldo officer Jason Bosco responded along with ambulance and fire crews.

The other two members of Unity’s Select Board are Ron Rudolph and James P. Kenney. Selectmen are scheduled to meet Sept. 7 and will probably at that meeting decide whether to appoint someone to fill Wilcox’s seat, according to Town Clerk Sue Lombard.

Wilcox had been a selectwoman since 2006 and previously she had worked as an elections clerk, Lombard said.

As a selectwoman, Wilcox often expressed her opinion and enjoyed telling stories, Lombard said.

“She did a lot of work on roads” as a selectwoman, Lombard said. “She was instrumental in getting (federal) grants for roadwork. She was very interested and very involved in getting the roads up to par.”

In addition, Wilcox was well known throughout the area as a piano teacher, Lombard said. “She taught piano to most kids in Waldo County,” she said.

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