Suspect wanted in fatal hit-and-run in remote Washington County

On Monday, state police were looking for a driver who fled the scene of a fatal crash Sunday near the northern Washington County town of Danforth that left a 50-year-old Frenchville dead.

Maine State Police responded to an accident around 2:45 p.m. Sunday on Springfield Road, which is also Route 169, in Township T8 N4 NBPP, said Shannon Moss, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety. of Maine. A police investigation revealed that a 2003 Ford Explorer was traveling south when it crossed the center line and struck two motorcycles. One was an orange 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide driven by Don Charette of Frenchville and the other was a black 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide driven by 30-year-old Jesse Ouellette of Sainte-Agathe.

Charette did not survive the crash, while Ouellette suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were taken to a local hospital and neither was wearing helmets, according to Moss. Frenchville and St. Agatha are in northern Aroostook County.

The driver of the Explorer fled the scene of the crash and had not been found by Monday afternoon, Moss said. The explorer is registered to Rian Moore, 35, of Danforth, police said. Anyone who saw the crash or knows Moore’s whereabouts is asked to call Maine State Police at 973-3700.

The Maine Warden Service and the Maine Forest Service are also participating in the investigation.

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