TRENTON — Additional information about the early morning crash Thursday that claimed the life of a longtime Hancock County sheriff’s deputy has been released by Maine State Police.
Deputy Luke Gross, 44, had been called to a crash on Route 3 in Trenton at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Maine State Police Spokeswoman Shannon Moss.
The driver of the crashed vehicle fled the scene prior to Deputy Gross’s arrival, Moss said Friday.
Moss said Deputy Gross parked his cruiser in the westbound breakdown lane with his emergency lights activated to investigate the crash.
“Deputy Gross exited his vehicle wearing a high visibility traffic vest and was picking up debris from the road when at approximately 5:15 a.m. he was struck from behind by a small pickup truck,” Moss said.
The deputy was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
In an update Friday afternoon, Moss said that driver who fled was located around 9 a.m. Thursday was located a short distance away on Route 3.
Thorin Smith, 20, of Bar Harbor was found by Maine State Police asleep in his car. She said he is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, illegal use of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.
According to Moss, the operator of the pickup truck that struck Gross has been fully cooperating with the investigation.
No charges are expected to be filed at this time, she said.