TURNER (WGME) – A Turner mother was killed while walking along Route 4 Thursday night.
Investigators say she was wearing dark clothing when she was hit by a pick-up truck.
Androscoggin County investigators are trying to figure out why Catherine Gauthier was walking on the side of this busy road after dark. They say she was less than a half mile from her home when she was struck.
Gauthier was 36 years old, a wife and mother of young children.
“It looked like she had left home, went south and then turned around and was heading back north to her house,” Chief Deputy William Gagne said.
Chief Deputy William Gagne with the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office says Gauthier was walking along the edge of the road. He says drivers called 911 minutes before the crash.
“People were concerned based upon how dark her clothes were, hard to see, they were afraid she might get hit,” Gagne said.
A deputy was on his way there, when Gagne says Gauthier was hit by a pick-up truck.
She died at the scene.
“One vehicle may have seen her, swerved really quickly and the second vehicle struck her,” Gagne said.
Speed and alcohol don't appear to be factors.
Gagne says other drivers have called since the crash saying they too struggled to see Gauthier on a stretch of road known for deadly crashes.
“There were other close calls that night,” Gagne said.
Gauthier's sister, Kristen Capen, says she was kind-hearted and always helping people, especially through her job at an emergency animal clinic.
Her kids were the center of her world.
"She was a person I have always aspired to be, and I cannot tell you how devastated we are as a family," Capen said.
The sheriff's office says the investigation is still very much ongoing.
They took blood samples from both Gauthier and the driver, which is standard protocol in deadly crashes.
It will take weeks to get those results.