Fatal motorcycle crash in Augusta

State Police say a Hallowell man died this morning when he lost control of his motorcycle in Augusta.

Troopers said 33 year old Edward Lingley was traveling too fast as he exited Interstate 95. The bike slid on a sharp curve, and then struck the trailer portion of a tractor trailer in the opposite lane.

Lingley was killed instantly. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety said that was the eighth motorcycle death this month on Maine roads and brought this year’s total for motorcycle deaths to 19.

The Bureau said the overall highway death toll for the year is now 123, compared to 105 at this time last year. Highway Safety says August and September were deadly months on Maine roads. 22 people died in traffic crashes in August, and there have been 23 highway deaths so far this month.