Gloucester woman, pregnant, is killed in snowmobile crash in Maine

A pregnant Gloucester woman and her unborn child were killed Saturday morning in a snowmobile crash in Greenwood, Maine, according to the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Elizabeth Abelson, 30, lost control of the snowmobile she was driving with her husband on a trail around 11 a.m. near Irish Neighborhood Road, the agency said in a statement. Abelson was ejected and struck trees, Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald said in the statement.

Abelson was the wife of Stuart Abelson, chief executive officer of Ora Inc., an ophthalmology research company based in Andover.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of (confirm the) the passing of Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Abelson,” the company said in the statement Saturday night. “The family appreciates your respect and distance as they grieve Betsy’s passing and cherish the memories they made and the life she lived.”


Abelson and the child, who had been expected to be born in early March, were pronounced dead at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine, according to the statement.

Abelson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, MacDonald said. She was driving a 2019 Ski-Doo Grand Touring snowmobile that she and her husband had recently purchased.

Officials from Bethel Fire and Rescue, Greenwood Fire Department, PACE Ambulance, and the Oxford County sheriff’s office assisted game wardens.

Game wardens and the office of Maine’s medical examiner are investigating the crash.

No further information was immediately available.

Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.