BANGOR — A former Mexico man who was struck by a vehicle on Hammond Street earlier this week has died, Bangor police said Friday.

Timothy Gotto, 55, died of his injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Thursday night, according to Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton.

Gotto had been staying in the Bangor area, Cotton said.

The driver who struck Gotto, whom police have not identified, was not injured in the crash. No charges have been filed.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

In the Rumford area, Gotto was well known to police.


In 2011, Gotto was arrested on a slew of charges after threatening to burn a neighbor’s camp, destroy his tractor and kill police at his camp on Rumford Road.

In 2009, Gotto, a former New England wrestling champion, was tazed and arrested in Mexico after leading police on a half-mile foot chase over fences and through backyards. By that point, police said, Gotto had already accumulated six convictions for drunken driving.

At the time of that arrest, Gotto also had a criminal record that included two assault convictions and one terrorizing conviction for threatening to kill a deputy sheriff in 2004. Convictions in 2008 include theft of a snowmobile, reckless operation of a snowmobile and operating a snowmobile to endanger.

In the summer of 2014, he was arrested for violating bail in Mexico and, a month later, burned out of a home in Rangeley.

Gotto grew up in Mexico and transferred to Rumford High School in 1978 when he won state championships in wrestling, according to newspaper accounts. He posted a 38-0 record and won the New England Wrestling Championship that year.

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