TURNER — The pedestrian who was struck and killed late Thursday by a vehicle on Route 4 was identified Friday as a 36-year-old local woman.

Catherine Gauthier was struck at about 9 p.m. by a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Roger S. Keene Jr., 48, of Turner.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that a preliminary investigation showed Gauthier had been walking north on Route 4 wearing dark clothing and had been difficult to see, according to phone calls made to the office minutes before the crash.

Sheriff’s deputies were on their way to the scene after receiving reports of the woman but arrived just minutes after she had been struck, Chief Deputy William Gagne wrote in a release. She died at the scene from her injuries, he said.

Keene was traveling north on Route 4 and said he did not see Gauthier, Gagne said.

He said his office has since received calls from other drivers who had seen Gauthier and who said they had almost hit her.

Neither speed nor alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, which remained under investigation, he said.

A portion of Route 4 was closed for several hours after the crash.


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