BREWER – The summer season brings millions of people to Maine. Many of them are walking around downtown and other busy locations. Police are urging drivers to pay extra attention to the cross walks.
“We went for a great big bike ride, I didn’t expect to be in the hospital at the end of the day,” said Earl Gary, a man involved in a crosswalk accident.
It was a normal day for Gary, 19, he was with hanging out with his friends downtown Bangor, until he was struck by a car on a crosswalk in front of Shaw’s.
“It was scary,” he said, “I was terrified.”
Gary thought that the driver who was making a right, saw him on his bike. This was until he got hit causing him to break his leg.
“I’m stuck at home. I can’t go to work. I don’t have any money,” said Gary.
When crossing the street, it’s important for pedestrians and drivers to know when it’s safe to go.
“It’s very important for operators to realize, when there’s a pedestrian in a crosswalk particularly, they need to yield right away to that pedestrian,” said Chief Glenn Moshier of the Ellsworth Police Department.
It’s a civil traffic infraction for a driver who failed to stop for a pedestrian crossing appropriately. But if a pedestrian jaywalked or crossed the street when they are not signaled to proceed, they are at fault. People need to make sure that the path is clear before continuing. Police say green doesn’t always mean go…
“He didn’t see me. I understand, if I was in his place, I’d feel just as bad,” he said.