AUBURN – A New Gloucester man was hospitalized Friday night after he was struck by a car while walking in the breakdown lane on Washington Street.

Police said 52-year-old Reginald Dennison was walking south between Beech Hill Road and a Park and Ride when he was struck by a car driven by a New Hampshire woman.

Dennison was thrown over a guardrail and suffered a cut on his head and other injuries in the 8:30 p.m. crash. He was being evaluated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston late Friday night.

Police said Harriet Chalbeck, 64, of Candia, N.H., was driving south on Washington Street and told police she was preparing to turn onto the highway ramp when she struck Dennison.

It was not immediately clear where Dennison, who lives on Upper Street in New Gloucester, was walking when he was hit. Police said he was wearing jeans and a dark shirt.

Chalbeck was not hurt in the crash and police said there was no sign that alcohol was a factor. She was not charged.

When police and rescue crews got to the scene, Dennison was conscious but dazed. He was unable to tell investigators where he was heading.

The crash occurred a short distance from the highway ramp and the Fireside Inn and Irving Mainway beyond it.

The accident remained under investigation Friday night.


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