A 67-year-old Sabattus man died Monday morning when his car struck a tree in Litchfield, authorities said.

Michael Oliver was driving alone on Route 197 in a Chevrolet Blazer when he crossed the centerline and hit a pine tree, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Oliver was not wearing a seatbelt and died instantly in the crash, which occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. near Gowell’s Shop‘n’ Save, McCausland said.

Trooper Erin James, who responded to the crash, said road conditions did not not appear to have been the cause.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.