Measurements were taken at the scene of a fatal crash at the corner of Ocean and Suffolk streets in Rockland, Thursday. Stephen Betts/Courier-Gazette

ROCKLAND — A woman was killed Thursday morning when she was struck by a pickup truck.

The crash occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the intersection of Ocean and Suffolk streets in Rockland.

Lorraine Hall, 70, of Rockland, died from her injuries. The driver of the Ford pickup truck was Ronald Staples, 53, of Rockland.

The woman was laying in the road when emergency crews arrived within two minutes of the crash. She was next to a crosswalk that crossed Suffolk. The pickup truck was parked about 100 feet further up Suffolk Street.

Staples was distraught as he talked to police officers.

Rockland Police Chief Tim Carroll said the woman was responsive when the first officer arrived.


A Maine State Police accident reconstruction expert arrived at about 10 a.m. Thursday and was taking measurements and planned to take aerial photographs by drone. Ocean Street was closed off, as were sections of Water and Suffolk streets as of 10 a.m.

The Ford pickup truck was still at the scene as of 10 a.m.

Accident reconstructions are conducted for fatal crashes.

Officer John Bagley is still investigating with assistance from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and a Maine State Police reconstructionist, with further assistance from Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The City Council held a meeting in July 2021 on ways to improve pedestrian safety in Rockland. Education and changes to some intersections were recommended. The intersection of Suffolk and Ocean streets was not one of the intersections listed in the report.

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