Kittery woman killed while waving for help on Maine turnpike

FALMOUTH — Police say a Kittery woman was killed Sunday while trying to flag down other vehicles to help with a flat tire on the Maine Turnpike near the Falmouth-Portland line.

Aeriel Rodriguez was a Navy wife, mother (

In a written statement, Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said 24-year-old Aeriel Rodriguez had pulled into the southbound breakdown lane with a flat tire just after 7 p.m. Sunday.  Rodriguez was out of her car and attempting to flag down other vehicles when she was struck.

"State police had gotten a call or two of a woman waving at traffic, and we had a trooper dispatched to it," McCausland said. "But the next call was that the woman had been hit."

The vehicle that struck her was a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old Michael Hawk of Lewiston. McCausland said no charges were filed, since Rodriguez was in the travel lane.

The crash closed the southbound lanes for about two hours Sunday.

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MEGAN PARKS's picture

So sad

This young woman was a young mother. The article does not mention it, but I hope her children were not in the car when this happened.

I have to wonder why she got out? So tragic, and so many questions left behind.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Definitely a sad tragedy for

Definitely a sad tragedy for a young girl who did not realize that the safest place for her to be would have been in her vehicle with the 4-way flashers on, and the doors locked.

Jason Theriault's picture


People, first off, if you don't know how to change a tire, you have no business driving a car.


THIRD -STAY IN YOUR CAR. If your not going to change the tire, STAY IN YOUR CAR. It is designed to withstand impacts. You are not.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Half the drivers out there

Half the drivers out there don't know half the rules of the road and you believe they will consider the ability to change a tire sufficient criterion for driving a car? Come to my Unicorn farm next Saturday. We're having a jousting tournament.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Seen at MIT in Cambridge MA....

When I was about seventeen, I was visiting a friend of mine at MIT in Cambridge MA. On my way out of one of the buildings there, I ran into two or three very extinguished looking Professors. These guys just looked like they had the brains to solve all the problems in the world, without even breaking a sweat. But for the life of them, they had no clue how to change a flat tire on their 1965 Volkswagen Beetle. To this day I feel very good knowing I had what it took to help out a couple of MIT college professors in their time of need. I wouldn't even take the tip they offered for changing their tire, just another good deed...................

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Oh how did I miss that????

They were "distinguished" not "extinguished"......

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You address your comment to "people".

I assume you mean all people, whom you believe to be ignorant of the suggestions you made.


It was a truly unfortunate

It was a truly unfortunate incident. The Maine Turnpike Authority offers its heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the family and friends affected by the tragic events which led to a person's death. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of first responders, including other motorists, MTA employees, emergency response crews and the Maine State Police.The safety of everyone on the Turnpike is always our top priority and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure all motorists arrive safely to their destinations.


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