April 09, 2020

Excessive speed cited as factor in County snowmobile fatal > Falmouth man injured in western Maine incident

WOODLAND — Speed was cited Thursday as a factor in the snowmobile accident that killed a 21-year-old Limestone native, according to investigators.

Mathew Harvey, 21, of South Harpswell was killed Wednesday afternoon when the Ski-Doo Mach Z he was operating hit a gate post on ITS 83 (Interstate Trail System) in Woodland, according to Warden Gary Sibley.

Harvey, who lives in southern Maine and was visiting relatives during the holidays, was heading north at a high rate of speed, Sibley said.

Initially, alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the case, Sibley said.

After the impact, the snow sled continued on for 285 feet and hit a trail sign supported by a 4-inch by 4-inch post, Sibley said. The snowmobile received minimal damage, according to the warden.

In Andover, Jim Craves, 44, of Falmouth was critically injured when his snowmobile crashed into a rock on a logging road about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he was listed in serious condition Thursday.

Maj. Dan Tourtelotte of the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said both accidents were being investigated by the Maine Warden Service.

He urged snowmobilers to use caution on the trails, and drive at a reasonable speed.

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