Family seeks answers in Lisbon bicyclist death
LISBON (WGME) - A heartbroken family is looking for answers after a Lisbon bicyclist was hit by a truck on his way home Thursday night.
"This is where he spent his last few seconds of life," said Rick Lamothe, standing at the spot where his son, Joey Lamothe, 33, was killed less than 24 hours earlier.
The ground is now marked with a cross, flowers and the toy Joey was bringing home to his dog.
"He was hit from behind, he never seen it coming," said Rick.
Police said Joey, 33, was biking along Route 196 when he was hit by a pick-up truck traveling in the same direction around 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
"Real easy to see, too," said Rick. "I mean, it was daylight, it's not like it was dark."
Skid marks show the truck veered off the road and an investigation is underway to determine why. The driver, who police identified as Henry Raymond Jr., 52, could not be reached for comment on Friday.
"Always wanted to ride the bike," said Rick. "I kept telling him,'You've got to be careful 'cause of the way people drive.'"
He said the state revoked Joey's driver's license eight months ago for not paying child support. It hindered his job search, but Rick said his son wasn't one to break the rules.
"That's why he was on the bicycle, otherwise he'd a been driving a car and this would have never happened," said Rick.
Joey Lamothe leaves behind a nine-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.
"Everybody knew him, everybody liked him," said Rick. He was a good kid. Always tried to help everybody."
Now, his family is in need of help as they prepare for funeral and burial expenses.
"You dont expect this," said Rick. "I don't expect to have to bury my children, it's supposed to be the other way around."
An autopsy is being performed on Raymond's pick up truck as part of the ongoing investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Lisbon Police.