A Clifton man was killed when the pickup truck he was a passenger in went off U.S. Route 202 in Unity on Tuesday night and struck a utility pole. The teenage driver and another passenger, also a teenager, were injured.

Harold Fickett III, 20, died at the scene of the 9 p.m. accident just west of the Troy border on routes 202 and 9, which is Bangor Road in that part of Unity.

The driver, Tyler Cherry, 17, of Swanville was initially taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast after the accident and later transferred to Eastern Maine Medial Center in Bangor, according to a news release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Cherry’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, but his condition wasn’t available Wednesday afternoon.

Passenger Eric Bowen, 17, of Searsport was taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. A spokesman at Waldo County General Hospital said late Wednesday that Bowen was not listed as a patient at the hospital.

Cherry was driving his mother’s 2006 Dodge Dakota when the crash occurred, according to the news release. McCausland said in a phone interview that the crash is still under investigation and it’s not known yet if alcohol, drugs or speed were factors or if the driver and passengers were wearing seatbelts.

A chocolate Labrador retriever, Josie, fled the scene of the crash but was later found, according to the news release.

Bangor Road was closed for several hours as police investigated the crash.

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