A Massachusetts man died after crashing into a parked car and then into The Gothic building on Main Street early in the afternoon of March 26.

The driver, 51-year-old Vincent Scipione of West Roxbury, Mass., died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Belfast police said. It is unclear, police said, if Scipione succumbed to his injuries or if he died from a different medical issue.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death, Belfast Police Officer Rick Smith said March 28. The medical examiner's office said a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Police are currently reconstructing the crash and the incident is still under investigation. Maine State Police will examine Scipione's vehicle, Smith said, to determine if a mechanical defect caused the crash.

At the crash scene Saturday, Smith said Scipione was driving a white 2005 Mercury Sable with Massachusetts plates toward downtown Belfast at 1 p.m. at a high rate of speed. His vehicle passed a van and then slammed into a parked 2008 Saab before crashing into The Gothic, Smith said.

Tony Kulik, who was in the van the Mercury passed on Main Street, said the car passed him at a high rate of speed and then “swung back around” in front of his vehicle, narrowly missing striking Kulik’s van. He said the parked car was spun around by the force of the impact when the Mercury struck it.

Sgt. Brian Lunt of Belfast Police Department said surveillance footage showed Scipione's vehicle traveling down Main Street in the wrong lane before it passed Kulik's van. Scipione's Mercury then struck a curb in front of KeyBank before turning sharply to the right and hitting the parked vehicle near The Gothic, Lunt said.

Police declined to identify Scipione immediately because of the extent of his injuries, but said he was taken to a Bangor hospital.

His vehicle was destroyed in the crash, as was the Saab, Smith said. A 2014 Mazda that was also parked on Main Street sustained some rear-end damage when the Saab hit it, he said.

The Gothic, which is home to a restaurant of the same name, sustained extensive damage.

The building is owned by Todd French, Smith said, who was inside at the time of the crash and felt and heard the vehicle's impact.

No one else was injured in the crash. Staff at EMMC were unable to release the condition of Scipione late in the evening Saturday because they had not received permission to do so.

Main Street between Church and High streets was closed to traffic much of the afternoon as emergency personnel worked at the scene of the crash.

“It could have been worse as far as the number of people involved,” Smith said.

A crew has since sealed the building with sheets of plywood.


Scipione was involved in a single-vehicle crash earlier this year at the intersection of Route 1 and Lincolnville Avenue.