MATTAMISCONTIS TOWNSHIP – Maine State Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash Friday evening in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Mattamiscontis Township, near Lincoln.
State troopers responded to mile marker 226, just before 7 pm. They say Joshua Bell, 31, of Medway, was operating a 1999 Ford Ranger when he drifted off the passing lane into the median, over- corrected and the pickup overturned, coming to rest on its side, blocking both lanes.
Bell’s wife, 36-year-old Stephanie Bell, was not wearing her seatbelt. Troopers say she was thrown out of the truck as it overturned and died at the scene. Joshua Bell was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
According to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, 95 people have been killed in traffic crashes this year, compared to 78 deaths a year earlier.
A key factor in this year’s increase is motorcycle deaths. There have been 20 motorcycle deaths this year, compared to 23 deaths for all of 2018.