(PORTLAND, Maine) November 6, 2023 – Li Z. Wu, 73, was hit while crossing in a crosswalk at Bradley St. and Spring St. in Saco. The incident occurred around 4:15 p.m. on November 1.
“We send our deepest condolences to the victim’s loved ones,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Jean Sideris.
The initial reports indicate Wu was struck by Michael T. Provencher, 44, who was driving a Jeep Cherokee turning left from Spring Street onto Bradley Street.
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.
Sixteen pedestrians have been killed by drivers in Maine this year, according to the BCM’s tracking, and MaineDOT reports another 171 have been hit and injured. One bicycle rider has been killed, and another 127 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.