The Maine Warden Service is investigating a UTV crash that killed one Maine man and injured another Sunday night, Oct. 15.
Jason Wilmot, Age 40 of Portland, was driving a 2022 Can Am Defender XT side by side UTV with Chris Foster, Age 44 of Gorham, as his passenger on a woods road in Westfield.
As they were going down the road that had a gradual downhill grade, the road slightly veered to the right with a low spot in the turn. Wilmot was unable to negotiate the turn, and hit a slight embankment which caused the UTV to start to tip, and then struck a tree, ejecting both occupants from the UTV.
From Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife:
Wilmot was pinned under the UTV, and passed away at the scene according to responding EMS personnel. Foster sustained injuries to his head and was transported to AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. The driver and passenger were not wearing helmets and they were not buckled in. The incident remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service, who reconstructed the accident at the scene last night. An initial investigation suggests alcohol may be a factor in the crash.