Two killed in separate car crashes

By Christopher Burns, Bangor Daily News Staff

Two people were killed in separate crashes over the weekend in Piscataquis County.

Jason Mitsin, 47, of Orneville was driving on McCorrison Road in Orneville about 9:50 a.m. Saturday when he left the road and crashed into a patch of trees, according to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office.

Mitsin died at the scene.

Later that same day, about 3:15 p.m., Richard Cleaves, 57, of Livermore was riding his motorcycle south on Route 150 in Parkman when he attempted to pass another vehicle at a curve and collided with a northbound vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

He died at the scene.

People in the other vehicle were taken to Northern Light Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft with minor injuries.

No additional information was released.

Those crashes come as Maine closed out a deadly month for car crashes, with more than a dozen since May 1 that killed more than 20 people. That’s more than both 2020 and 2019, when about a dozen died in car crashes in May.

Since the start of the year, car crashes have killed about 50 people here.

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