July 15, 2019

Police investigate Glenburn man’s death

GLENBURN – The fatal accident that claimed the life of a Route 15 man Thursday morning is still under investigation by the Maine State Police.

Frank Leighton, 70, was walking across the road with his neighbor’s newspaper and mail when he was hit by a private plow truck driven by Chris Jackson, 44, of Hudson at 6:30 a.m.

Leighton died at the scene.

A police expert reconstructed the accident yesterday, but the data have not been processed yet.

“I’m still just gathering information on all the parties and vehicle information,” Maine State Police Trooper David Yankowsky said Friday.

The trooper said Jackson was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for a blood alcohol test after the accident. The results won’t come in for at least a week, he said.

Jackson said he had seen Leighton’s Chevy Blazer parked with its lights on in the neighbor’s driveway just before the accident.

He told police he looked toward the Blazer and then looked back at the road. Leighton had walked out just 10 feet in front of him, Jackson said.

“He slammed on the brakes,” Yankowsky said. “He ended up skidding from there for quite a ways.”

According to the trooper, police are following routine protocol by gathering more information about the accident.

He said the accident does not appear to be suspicious.

“I’ve spoken with the DA’s office yesterday,” Yankowsky said. “Basically we don’t foresee any prosecution at this point.”

Glenn Burleigh of Glenburn, Leighton’s son-in-law, said Friday that the family declined to comment on the matter.

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