Speeding, alcohol likely factors in fatal Somerset County motorcycle crash

Motorcycle crash graphic (MGN)

EMBDEN (BDN) -- Speeding and alcohol were likely factors in a fatal motorcycle crash in Embden on Sunday that left a woman dead, authorities said.

Brandy Lilly-Bizier, 38, died around 6 p.m. when she was thrown from the back of a 2009 Harley-Davidson and struck a nearby fence, Somerset County Chief Deputy Jim Ross said.

The driver, Robert Searles, 51, later told deputies that he lost control of the careening bike as he turned the corner of Kennebec River Road and Lilly-Bizier, who was his passenger, shifted her weight, Ross said. That caused the bike to lay down, roll over and eject Lilly-Bizier toward the fence and into a field, Ross said.

A LifeFlight helicopter was initially dispatched to fly Lilly-Bizier to the hospital, but she died before it arrived, Ross said. She was not wearing a helmet, he said.

The Somerset County district attorney’s office has been notified that speeding and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the wreck, although Ross did not say whether anyone involved is facing charges. The Maine State Police reconstructed the crash and are helping local authorities map the scene.

The pair was riding with a fleet of motorcycles at the time of the crash, Ross said.

Embden is a small town in Somerset County, about 15 miles northwest of Skowhegan.

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