Woman found dead after Route 4 crash

TURNER — A Greene woman was killed Friday when she was apparently
struck by a car while fetching mail from a mailbox on Route 4.

Russ Dillingham

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District Attorney Norman R. Croteau, left, speaks to Androscoggin County Deputy Craig MacMillan as he heads into a field to photograph evidence left by a vehicle that veered off Route 4 in Turner. Police believe the vehicle struck and killed Sharon Call, 65, of Greene as she was retrieving mail for a relative she was visiting.

Russ Dillingham

Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Androscoggin County Sheriff's Deputy Craig MacMillan marks evidence left in a field by a vehicle that veered off Route 4 in Turner. Police believe the vehicle struck and killed Sharon Call, 65, of Greene as she was retrieving mail for a relative she was visiting.

Russ Dillingham

Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

The scene where a vehicle left Route 4 in Turner and is suspected of unknowingly hitting and killing Sharon Call of Greene as she was retreiving mail while visiting a friend.

Russ Dillingham

Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

A member of the state police accident reconstruction team documents the scene on Route 4.

By late Friday afternoon, Androscoggin County Sheriff's
investigators were still trying to determine whether the death of Sharon Call, 65, was related to a crash on Route 4 that occurred hours before
her body was found.

At about 9:45 a.m., police went to Route 4, just south of Harlow Hill Road, where a car was reported to have crashed. When they arrived, police found that Brandon Pelletier, 19, of Turner, had skidded off Route 4 and into a grassy area.

Neither Pelletier nor his passenger were hurt when the 1995 Camaro went off the roadway.
Police said the car slid more than 100 yards, across the yard and driveway, before coming to rest deep into the grassy field.

Police spoke with the driver, and soon after cleared the area. It
appeared to be a routine crash and investigators were putting together
a basic accident report.

Around the same time, an elderly woman who lives near the crash site
reported she could not find a visiting relative.

Just after 11 a.m., family members called the Androscoggin County
Sheriff's Office to report they had found the missing woman dead in the tall grass, close to the area where Pelletier's car had gone
off the road.

It was Call.

Family members later told investigators that they had last
seen her walking to the mailbox. That was around the same time that
Pelletier crashed — narrowly missing the mailbox as he slid off the
road.

"Call's death and the initial crash appear to be related,"
Androscoggin County Detective Sgt. William Gagne wrote in a press
release, "but the incidents are still under investigation."

Maine State Police were called to the crash site to reconstruct the
car wreck. An autopsy was planned on Call's body and the district
attorney sent a representative to the scene of her death.

Gagne said Pelletier had been interviewed and was cooperating with
the investigation. It was unclear whether he realized he hit a person
when he crashed his Camaro.

Pelletier was driving north on Route 4 when he lost control of his car and drove off the east side of the roadway, police said.

Call lived with her husband on Barrell Shop Road in Greene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Gagne at 784-7361 extension 214.

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Concerned Community

Concerned Community Member
Bottom line, a woman died and a young kid was at the wheel. Could he have not known he hit her? I guess it's possible. But for her not to have been found during the investigation seems a bit absurd!

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While he may not have seen

While he may not have seen the woman he surely would have heard the impact when the car struck her. It sounds like the initial officer to investigate dropped the ball big time. Surely that had to be damage on the car somewhere. Tsk Tsk to all parties involved on this one.

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Old news. The new format

Old news. The new format allows the SJ to have a page which appears to be full of news when really it's full of old news!

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Hey SJ! This is old news. It

Hey SJ! This is old news. It was all over the TV stations web site yesterday. You either give us old news or someone elses rehash of the news.

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People will never take Rt.#4

People will never take Rt.#4 seriously, not even after all the horrible fatal accidents that have occurred there. If this kid claims he didn't see this woman, he should be ashamed of himself! She would have been out in plain view to him! There is no way he couldn't have seen her. Then to not even mention it when the police arrived? How horribly heartless! My thoughts and prayers to her family.

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