Pedestrian hit on Route 4 in satisfactory condition


AUBURN – A man struck by a car while walking on Route 4 late Thursday night was being treated a day later at a Portland hospital.

Police said 48-year-old Larry Sanipas of Greene was walking south on Route 4 near the lake when he was struck by a minivan about 10 p.m.

Sanipas was thrown into the windshield, police said. He was taken first to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and later moved to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was listed in satisfactory condition Friday.

Police said Sanipas was walking in the travel lane, wearing all black, when he was hit.

The driver of that vehicle, 29-year-old Brianna Powell of Turner, could not see the pedestrian in time to avoid hitting him.

“She never saw him,” Auburn deputy police Chief Jason Moen said. “He wasn’t wearing any reflective items on his clothing or anything like that.”

Sanipas suffered a variety of injuries, police said.

Investigators reconstructed the crash site and called a detective to the scene.

It was not clear why Sanipas was walking along Route 4, next to the parking area along Lake Auburn.

No charges were expected. There was no evidence of alcohol use or any other wrongdoing on Powell’s part, police said.