A 70-year-old woman has died after being struck by a pickup truck in Rockland.

Have They Identified the Woman Who Died?

It was about 8:30 Thursday morning when Rockland police responded to the intersection of Ocean and Suffolk Streets to a report of a pedestrian who had been hit by a vehicle. When officers arrived, they found Lorraine Hall of Rockland laying in the road. The Courier-Gazette reports she was responsive when the officers first arrived but did not survive her injuries. Police were immediately approached by the driver, 53-year-old Ronald Staples of Rockland, who they say was very distraught. His pickup was stopped about 100 feet away.

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How Did the Crash Happen?

An initial investigation led police to believe that the sun may have been in the driver's eyes as he approached the crosswalk that crosses Suffolk Street, where Lorraine Hall was standing at the edge of the roadway. Police say there's no indication that drugs or distracted driving were factors in the crash.

Is This One of the Intersections Being Improved by the City?

Rockland's City Council has been working to make the streets safer for pedestrians, but the intersection of Ocean and Suffolk Streets is not among the ones being discussed.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing. Assisting the Rockland Police at the scene were members of the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Maine State Police, and Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Our sincerest condolences to Lorraine Hall's family and friends.

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