Belfast businesswoman killed in Freedom crash
Freedom — Maine State Police say a well-known Belfast businesswoman was killed Saturday morning, Dec. 22, when her pickup truck slid off Route 137 in Freedom and struck a tree.
Police say the woman’s granddaughter escaped the crash with minor injuries.
Trooper Donald Webber said the crash victim is 64-year-old Ruth Holmes, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Holmes' granddaughter, 11-year-old Cassie Jackson of Searsport, sustained bumps and bruises and was treated at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.
Webber said Holmes lost control of the truck on the ice covered road just after 7 a.m. The truck flipped on its side and slid into a tree, crushing the roof. Both vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts, according to police.
Holmes and her family have operated Holmes Greenhouse and Florist Shop in Belfast for years. Holmes' husband Allen retired last month as Belfast Area High School field hockey coach, after serving in that position for 40 years.