Investigation Continues in Fatal Solon Car Accident

Maine state police continue to investigate a vehicle accident that left a 31-year old Norridgewock man dead.  Authorities report that Joshua Sincyr was killed when a Toyota pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old Embden resident hit him while he was walking down Ferry Street in Solon last Friday night. The accident happened at approximately 10:53 p.m. in a stretch of road that was poorly lit.

Seth Burns, the driver of the Toyota Tacoma that struck Sincyr, has not yet been charged with any crimes, pending the results of toxicology examinations and a final crash report review. Skowhegan police Lt. Mark Brooks said a motor vehicle autopsy will also be performed. The Somerset County D.A’s office will evaluate the case once accident reconstructionists complete their final report and the toxicology results show if either the victim or the driver was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.

While his truck suffered damage to the front end, Burns was not injured in the pedestrian knock-down, say police.

Madison man killed in separate accident the same night

The deadly Solon accident occurred just moments after another grisly crash that took the life of 21-year-old Clint Briggs and injured two others. Police say the collision happened close to the Old Ferry Road intersection in Starks, and that alcohol and speed are likely factors in the accident.

Briggs was a passenger in a Nissan Maxima driven by Jonathon Cayford, age 21.  The sheriff’s department reports that Cayford was passing westbound vehicles at a high speed – close to 80mph– when he lost control at a corner and suddenly veered off the road, striking some trees.

The crash killed Briggs, who was not wearing a seat belt, nearly immediately. Another passenger who was in the front seat of the Nissan suffered injuries and was airlifted to Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center. Authorities have not yet released the victim’s name, but say that she has since been released from the hospital.

Investigations are still underway as authorities wait for the blood kit results that were taken from Cayford. The driver’s vehicle has also been impounded, and additional forensic tests will be performed this week, according to Somerset deputies. Police say the blood test results may take several more days to come in.

Ramifications of car accidents

As media headlines attest, Maine’s highways and rural routes have seen an uncommonly high incidence of traffic accidents in recent months – from Bangor and Lewiston to Solon. Unfortunately, accidents can claim the lives of even the safest of drivers or pedestrians. Drivers who are distracted, excessively tired, driving under the influence or simply not paying attention can completely undermine one’s life and livelihood in the blink of an eye. Victims who survive serious car accidents may be left permanently incapacitated, and unable to work or earn a living.

If you sustained significant injury in a motor vehicle crash or lost a loved one due to someone’s reckless driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To discuss the merits of your case with trusted Maine accident lawyers, please call the law offices of Hardy, Wolf & Downing to arrange a free and confidential legal consultation. Call 1-800-INJURED to learn more today.