March 28, 2020

Orrington driver strikes house, dies

ORRINGTON – An Orrington man died Sunday night after the car he was driving went off River Road and struck a home.

Alfred Black, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene, despite efforts by county sheriff’s deputies and paramedics to revive him, Sgt. Bill Birch of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Black apparently suffered a heart attack about 9:30 p.m. while driving north on Route 15, the River Road. His car veered across the road, crossed a lawn and driveway and drove through a fence and some shrubs before hitting the porch of the home, Birch said.

The front porch was damaged, while two people who were inside the home were not hurt, according to Birch. He and Deputy Doug Smith were among the first to arrive at the accident scene, near Snows Corner.

Birch said they began performing CPR on Black while he was still inside the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. They then pulled him to the lawn where they continued to try to revive him, including use of an automated defibrillator, but to no avail, Birch said.

Paramedics pronounced Black dead on the scene, he said.

Moments before the accident, Black had purchased coffee at the nearby Mobil On the Run convenience store, where employees said that Black appeared to be acting normally.

“Something happened quickly,” Birch said. Fire and rescue personnel from Brewer and Orrington responded to the scene.

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