Rockland man killed in Hope crash Tuesday night

Posted:  Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 1:45pm

Story Location:
213 Main Street
Hope  Maine
United States

HOPE — Brian Edgecomb of Rockland died Tuesday night after his car went off the road in Hope, rolled and struck a tree.

Edgecomb, 48, was traveling west on Route 17, between Alford Lake and Fogler roads, around 8:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Donna Dennison said the 1999 Volkswagon stationwagon was "completely destroyed" and that Deputy David Johnson was doing the accident reconstruction to determine the cause of the crash.

Emergency responders from Hope, Union and Camden Access Team responded to the scene Tuesday night, and a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter was initially put on standby to transport the driver once he was freed from the vehicle. The helicopter was canceled after Edgecomb was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reports from emergency responders Wednesday are that the road was dry and clear at the time of Edgecomb's crash. Dennison said the accident remains under investigation.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, black ice on Route 17 in Union, just west of the evening accident, was to blame for causing a truck to overturn. The truck's driver, Randy Heald, 32, of Jefferson was uninjured, but his passenger, Derek Hinkley, 28, also of Jefferson, was transported to a hospital in Bangor by LifeFlight with possible head, neck and back injuries. He was listed in fair condition yesterday.