Man in wheelchair struck in Lewiston crosswalk

Rex Rhoades, Sun Journal

Roger Beaudoin lies in the crosswalk next to his wheelchair after a vehicle hit him at the intersection of Park and Ash streets in Lewiston. 

Lewiston accident
Russ Dillingham, Sun Journal

Maurice Dutil of Lewiston, right, talks with Lewiston police officer Brian Rose at the corner of Ash and Park streets in Lewiston Friday afternoon, as Roger Beaudoin lies on the ground. Beaudoin was crossing the street in his wheelchair when he was hit by Dutil's vehicle, left. Beaudoin, who lives at Oak Park Apartments in Lewiston, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

True, you can't stop on a dime....

That is why, when and if this goes to court, the judge is going to ask the driver some questions. No matter how he answers them it doesn't matter, the judge already is aware of one thing. The driver was not in control of his vehicle. It doesn't matter how slow your going, where you are or how dumb college students are, you are ultimately responsible for the safe operation of your vehicle. If your driving fifteen miles per hour, in an area with many pedestrians, you have to be able to stop, if one steps in front of you. I know it sucks, but its the law. I spent three years driving a tractor trailer in mid town Manhattan and all the borrows of New York City, you wouldn't believe how little people pay attention to traffic down there. They know they have the right of way, no matter what your driving. It's been that way since horse and buggy days.....

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Man hit in wheelchair

Several years ago, I was hit by a car at the corner of Ash & Bates. I was in my power wheelchair as well. It was just about dusk. It totally destroyed my wheelchair, the driver that hit me had a company vehicle and never reported the accident to his company. I was in a crosswalk as well.

Randall Pond's picture

The Problem is

Far too many people in Wheelchairs and Scooters, as well as those on Foot, Go Right out in front of Cars. Main Street Lewiston, and all the Downtown Streets are very Busy Streets. The Crosswalk Signals should be set to stop Traffic in All Directions, like they do down in Portland for persons crossing the street.

However, Bates College Kids ARE THE WORSE ONES For Walking Right out in in Front of a Car. THAT's WRONG! I DON'T CARE WHAT THE LAW SAYS! YOU CANNOT STOP A CAR, TRUCK, BUS OR TAXI ON A DIME!


Obviously someone wasn't

Obviously someone wasn't paying attention. For crying out loud slow down and pay attention to the road and your surroundings. I hope that the man is alright. Maine does have a State Law that requires drivers to stop for people in crosswalks.


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