HANOVER, MAINE (AP) — The start of the three-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine was marred Friday when a tractor-trailer struck and killed one of the cyclists just a couple of miles from the starting point.

David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., died instantly after being hit at 8:45 a.m. on Main Street. Police later tracked down a tractor-trailer fitting the description provided by cyclists.

The tractor-trailer driver was being questioned.

More than 2,000 bicyclists left Sunday River ski resort on Friday to start the three-day event that ends Sunday in Belfast. The ride is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

Last year’s event raised $1.8 million.

LeClair worked for Athenahealth in Watertown.

“He was loved by all, known to be incredibly social. He loved the outdoors and was a friend beyond just a co-worker,” Holly Spring, director of communications, said.

Race organizers decided to continue with the event.

“All of us at the American Lung Association express our profound sadness at this tragic loss of life and offer our deepest condolences to the family,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “With heavy hearts, the Trek is continuing.”

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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