(PORTLAND, Maine) July 26, 2023 – A Windham woman died on Sunday after being hit by a driver in a truck. Deborah Livengood, 74, was walking on Swett Road in Windham when she was hit around 11:00 a.m. The initial investigation indicates the driver, a 16-year old boy who has not been identified, may have been distracted.
“We send our deepest condolences to the victim’s loved ones,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Jean Sideris. “This is the sixth pedestrian killed on Maine roads this year and a reminder that all drivers need to slow down and pay attention.”
The BCM urges law enforcement to carefully examine the roadway conditions, pedestrian facilities, history of crashes at this location, driver and pedestrian behavior, phone use records, and any additional circumstances that may have been contributing factors.
Six pedestrians have been killed by drivers in Maine this year, and MaineDOT reports another 97 have been hit and injured. One bicycle rider has been killed, and another 66 have been injured in crashes with motor vehicles.
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.