June 3, 2019 (BUXTON, Maine) – The seventh Maine pedestrian death of 2019 occurred Saturday, June 1 in Buxton, Maine.
A 66-year old women of Buxton was struck and killed by a 17- year old driver operating a 2009 Chevy Malibu. The Crash happened at approximately 5:47 p.m. close to the intersection of Main Street and Salmon Falls Road.
The crash victim passed before emergency correspondents arrived at the scene. Investigations are being conducted by the local police department with the help of a member of the Saco Police Department who specializes in crash reconstruction.
“We are saddened by the loss of another life at the hands of a driver here in Maine,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director John Williams. The weather is now just starting to resemble spring and the number of vulnerable users on our streets will inevitably grow. “We ask that vehicle operators travel with great care and acknowledge that by law, we are responsible for sharing the road safely with all users,” he said. Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the victim.
As the state’s leading group promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists and pedestrians, and advocates for improved transportation infrastructure and policies to make Maine better for bicycling and walking.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will continue to track this case to determine what, if any, infrastructure changes could be made to prevent this type of tragedy from occurring again.
The seven fatal crashes in Maine so far this year highlight the need for all motorists to stay alert and aware, obey speed limits, and never drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
As a reminder, pedestrians and other vulnerable users can be present on Maine’s roadways in all conditions and times of day. Additionally, pedestrians and cyclists should use extra care to be visible, especially when walking or biking after dark, and to follow best practices and the law for roadway safety.