A Waldoboro man was involved in a two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Newcastle man Dec. 6.

A press release from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office stated, "It is with heavy hearts that deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a traffic collision that occurred today on Route 1 in Nobleboro."

The crash claimed the life of William “Bill” Ellsworth, 80, of Newcastle.

At approximately 7:51 a.m., Ellsworth and his wife, Lois, were traveling north on Route 1 when the collision occurred at the intersection of Route 1 and Back Meadow Road.

According to Lt. Brendan Kane, preliminary investigation shows that the 2017 Ford Escape Ellsworth was driving struck a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche traveling south on Route 1, operated by Ronald Shellman, 45, of Waldoboro.

Investigators believe Shellman attempted to make a left turn from Route 1 onto Back Meadow Road and failed to yield the right-of-way to Ellsworth, who attempted to avoid the truck, but was unable to, resulting in the two vehicles' colliding in the northbound travel lane.

All three were taken by Central Lincoln County Ambulance to Lincoln Health Miles Campus Emergency Room in Damariscotta, where Ellsworth succumbed to his injuries.

Lois Ellsworth sustained several broken bones and was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Shellman was treated and released from the hospital.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors; however, blood samples were taken as part of the investigation.

"It is too early to determine if speed was a factor," Kane said.

Seat belts were worn by all those involved and the airbags in both vehicles deployed. The crash remains under investigation.

A Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office crashrReconstructionist and the Maine State Police forensic mapping unit are assisting with the investigation. Nobleboro Fire and Damariscotta Fire responded to the collision and assisted with traffic control. Traffic on Route 1 was detoured until 11 a.m.

Ellsworth worked in and around the Sheriff's Office for more than 22 years in his capacity as a substance abuse counselor. In fact, he and his wife were on their way to a group counseling session in Waldoboro at the time of the crash.

Though not employed by the county, Ellsworth was truly part of the Sheriff’s Office family, the release says.

"Bill worked closely with many people in and out of the correctional setting," Kane said, adding that Ellsworth pioneered the Lincoln County Outreach program that has brought recovery services into the community to help those in need.

"His honest and sincere approach to recovery from substance abuse has touched many lives here in Lincoln County over the past 22 years, including the lives of those of us who worked with him. Bill will be sorely missed," Kane said.