Uxbridge man struck, killed by tractor-trailer

An Uxbridge man was killed Sunday when a tractor-trailer struck him on Balm of Life Spring Road, the Worcester district attorney’s office said.

Robert Orcutt, 55, who lived in a nearby Alternatives Unlimited Inc. group home for the mentally challenged, went for a walk around 6 p.m., according to the district attorney’s office. An hour later, the truck crashed into him. The area was dimly lit, and there was no sidewalk.

James Dean, 44, of Blackstone, came forward after hearing about the crash early Monday. He was operating a truck for Gorham Transport, driving from Millville to Gorham, Maine, prosecutors said.


Dean told police he thought he might have hit something and stopped to check. When he did not see anything, he continued driving, prosecutors said.

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The crash is under investigation by State and Uxbridge police. No charges have been filed.

A statement released by the home said a preliminary review indicated staff members followed all protocols and procedures. Orcutt ordinarily took an evening walk, the home said.

“He was energetic, kind, and could make anyone laugh,” the statement said. “He was also a gifted artist who loved music and all things outdoors. His sudden death is very difficult.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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