Names released in Waldoboro fatal

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 21, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham A head-on collision April 18 sent one man to the hospital and claimed the lives of a couple from Massachusetts who were in town for a wedding. A section of Route 1 was closed for more than an hour while emergency personnel investigated the scene.

Waldoboro — Waldoboro Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office continue their investigation in the cause of a head-on collision April 18 that took the lives of a couple from Massachusetts.

According to a press release from Chief William Labombarde, Edward Bean, 63, of Waldoboro was traveling south on Atlantic Highway at 1:30 p.m. just before Wink's Auto Service when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2014 Mitsubishi.

Why Bean's 2007 Dodge Caliber went into the north-bound lane is unknown at this time. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is reconstructing the accident.

There were no skid marks evident on the road.

No charges have been filed.

"Alcohol, speed and drugs were not a factor in this accident," said Labombarde in a telephone conversation April 19.

Bean was taken to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, then transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He is listed in satisfactory condition, according to a hospital spokesperson April 22.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Raymond Thompson, 68, and passenger Peggy Aldrich, 70, of Whitinsville, Mass. were pronounced dead at the scene. They were in Waldoboro to attend a wedding, according to an email from Labombarde April 21.

The Route 1 between Route 220 and Route 235 was shut down to traffic for more than an hour while police and sheriff's office personnel investigated.

Waldoboro Police and Fire departments and Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Hanson responded to the scene. Warren Ambulance provided mutual aid in redirecting traffic.

Correction: it was initially reported that Bean was traveling north.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (3)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Apr 21, 2014 19:09

It really doesn't matter what they had for brakes. When a vehicle crosses the centerline and you have nowhere to go brakes will not save your life. If anything the force will drive the pedal back resulting in a leg put back together with rods and pins. It's just sad that somebody lost their life and others lost loved ones.

Posted by: Carolyn Philbrook | Apr 19, 2014 09:19

Its not hard to leave skid marks with abs, they just aren't continuous. Abs mostly provides steering control while stopping (so you can swerve to avoid a collision) and only slightly reduces skids. Try it sometime. It is a good skill to master and could save a life. -Jason

Posted by: William Spear | Apr 19, 2014 00:57

No skid marks on the road means nothing here in the 21st century. Most cars have anti lock brakes. Hence, no skid marks.

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