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Navy man killed in Bowdoinham crash
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By Portland Press Herald Staff Report March 10, 2008 06:48 PM
BOWDOINHAM — A 30-year-old Navy petty officer was struck by a commercial truck and killed Monday morning on Interstate 295.
State police said Christopher Strom of Pittsfield was standing in the interstate with his arms over his head when he was struck by a bread delivery truck around 10:15 a.m.
The crash took place in the northbound lane near mile 39, just over the knoll of a small hill, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said in a written statement.
Strom, who worked at Brunswick Naval Air Station, was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, Kevin Yarboro, 40, of Attleboro, Mass., was not injured and was not charged with a crime, McCausland said.
Police are still investigating why Strom walked into the road.
McCausland said the man’s car, which was parked in the breakdown lane, was not disabled. He said Strom was not trying to retrieve debris from the road and, based on reports from a trooper at the scene, the man called his girlfriend 15 minutes before the crash and told her he was headed home.
“There’s no indication that it was an intentional act,” McCausland said. “But, there’s also no explanation as to why he was standing in the roadway.”