Police release cause of fatal motorcycle crash

By Staff | Sep 14, 2017

Augusta — A fatal crash in Augusta that killed two motorcyclists Sept. 10 was caused when one of the motorcycles veered into the passing lane, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

In a statement released Sept. 14, McCausland said the initial crash occurred when 58-year-old Jamie Gross of Belmont veered his motorcycle into the path of a pickup truck that was traveling in the passing lane.

The collision set off the chain reaction of crashes involving the pickup and several other motorcycles, McCausland said.

Investigators say the truck’s driver, William Nusom, 67, of Hollis attempted to avoid the collision by steering his truck into the median guardrail. The truck then lost control and traveled across the three northbound lanes, striking other motorcycles taking part in the United Bikers of Maine Toy Run.

The pickup then rolled onto its side. Gross was killed in the crash along with a second motorcyclist, Aaron White-Sevigny, 25, of Windsor.

Troopers continue to investigate the crash and are attempting to determine why Gross veered into the other lane. McCausland said the investigation is expected to take several weeks.

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