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