(PORTLAND, Maine) March 6, 2023 – A Raymond man was killed by a driver Sunday night in Naples. Donald Wallace, 48, was hit by Paul Williams, 48, of Naples while walking on Harrison road and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We are saddened by the tragic death of another person walking on a Maine road,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Jean Sideris. “These deaths underscore the need for changes in roadway design, in user behavior, and in law enforcement in Maine.”
Williams and the two passengers were uninjured. The police are still investigating the crash. The BCM urges law enforcement to carefully examine the roadway conditions, pedestrian facilities, history of crashes at this location, driver behavior, phone use records, and any additional circumstances that may have been contributing factors.
This marks the second pedestrian killed on Maine roads in 2023. A person died last month from injuries sustained after being hit by a car in December 2022, bringing the total number of pedestrians who have died in Maine as a result of roadway crashes in 2023 to three.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works to make Maine a better and safer place to bike and walk. Founded in 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has grown into the leading bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group in the state. The Coalition believes all Mainers should have access to bikes and bike education, and we envision a future where Maine’s roads, public ways, and trails are safe and accessible, resulting in cleaner travel options, improved health, and stronger economic benefits for Maine communities.