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Updated with driver identity

Montville woman dies in ATV crash

Oct 21, 2019
Courtesy of: Maine Warden Service A Montville woman died of injuries suffered when this ATV was involved in a fatal crash Sunday in the Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Montville — Maine game wardens are investigating a fatal ATV crash that occurred Sunday in Montville.

According to a press release from Maine Warden Service, Rachael Curtis, 30, of Montville died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

Curtis was a passenger on a Polaris Sportsman 850 ATV that was traveling on a dirt road in the Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area, approximately one mile from the main road, when the crash occurred just before noon Sunday, Oct. 20, the press release said.

Reached by phone Monday morning, Montville Fire Chief John York said the couple traveling on the ATV were going too fast to negotiate a turn and ended up in a brook.

York said neither Curtis nor the driver, whom he identified as John Ingraham of Knox, was wearing a helmet. Missing street signs at Frye Mountain "made it more difficult" to coordinate rescue and retrieval efforts, he said.

Ingraham was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Maine Warden Service is investigating the crash, and will work with the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether the ATV driver in the fatal crash will be charged, the press release said.

Maine State Police, Montville Fire Department and Unity Ambulance assisted wardens at the scene of the crash.

The Frye Mountain Wildlife Management area is owned and managed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and contains over 5,200 acres that are managed for wildlife and outdoor recreation.

The crash remains under investigation. This story will be updated as details become available.


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