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Retired Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash 

Wayne Harvey

A retired central Maine police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident in Oakland Friday night.62-year-old Larry Violette was riding his Harley Davidson on Kennedy Memorial Drive around 6:30 p.m. when the accident happened.No other vehicles were involved, but officials say it appears Violette lost control of his bike after passing another vehicle.Oakland Fire Chief David Coughlin said ” It appears the motorcyclist was heading westbound into Oakland went to pass a vehicle, came back into the travel lane, lost control, hit a guardrail leading up to a bridge.”Violette was a retired police officer from Skowhegan Police Department.Officials say Violette was not wearing a helmet.Somerset County officials are investigating to determine if speed was a factor in the crash.