NEW SHARON — State police said a Windham man was killed when his speeding motorcycle went off Routes 2 and 27 early Sunday morning and hit a fence post.
A landowner discovered the motorcycle in a field and a body nearby at about 6 p.m. Sunday, Trooper Jed Malcore said, according to a news release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.
Jonathan Billings, 24, died after his 2007 Harley-Davidson went off the road less than a mile from the Farmington-New Sharon line. He was not wearing a helmet.
Farmington police attempted to stop the motorcycle at about 1 a.m., but it sped off at over 100 mph, according to McCausland.
Billings came up behind Sgt. Michael Adcock, who clocked the high speed of the motorcyclist near the Eastside Mall. Adcock pulled his cruiser over and turned on its blue lights, but the motorcycle was gone, Shane Cote, Farmington’s deputy police chief, said.
A state trooper also “saw the motorcycle fly by him, as well,” McCausland said.
The trooper was on Philbrick Street in Farmington Falls when he spotted the motorcycle.
“Because of the dangerous speed, police lost track of the bike immediately and did not chase it,” McCausland said.
So far this year, there have been 17 motorcycle deaths in Maine, the highest number in several years, he said.
“July and August are traditionally the deadliest months on Maine roads because they are also the most heavily-traveled months,” he said. “Speed and alcohol are also huge factors.”
According to the Bureau of Highway Safety, motorcycle fatalities from January to Aug. 3 over the last six years have tallied 17 in 2015; six in 2014; eight in 2013; 12 in 2012; seven in 2011 and 11 in 2010.