LEWISTON — Two young people were injured when they were hit by a car on Ash Street just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Christopher Shirley, 21, of Greene, and a 17-year-old Lewiston girl were hit by a dark sedan as they walked across Ash Street at the intersection with Bartlett Street, police said.

At the scene, Shirley was lying near the corner as a firefighter stood over him. Farther down the street, the girl sat on the road, crying and asking a firefighter and EMT what had happened and where her friend was. A bystander picked up her shoe off the street and placed it next to her. 

Both were taken to Central Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries including abrasions, Lewiston police Lt. Marc Robitaille said. The girl may have also suffered broken bones and was being X-rayed at CMMC, Robitaille said just after midnight on Wednesday morning.

The driver of the sedan, Larry Bryant, 23, of Lewiston, said he had just turned off of Horton Street and was going no more than 25 or 30 miles an hour as he traveled through the intersection of Ash and Bartlett streets.

He looked but didn’t see anything coming at the intersection, he said, and first thought he hit a pole or a snowbank when he felt the impact. “And then there was this girl on top of my car,” he said.

Bryant stopped and flagged down a nearby police officer to report the accident, Robitaille said.

The accident remains under investigation, Robitaille said. Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the accident, he said.


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