January 4, 2016 – Portland, ME – 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 or pedestrians. The Coalition regrets to hear of another pedestrian killed inFarmington on January 1st, and extends its condolences.
Taylor Gaboury, of Wilton, was walking on Wilton Road when she was struck and killed by Tommy Clark, of Industry, who has been arrested on a felony charge of aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol. We are particularly regretful that the trend of pedestrian fatalities has carried over into the New Year so soon. This first fatality in 2016 comes after a year in which a record 18 people were killed on Maine’s roadways while walking.
This latest incident again highlights the need for all motorists to be alert for other users at all times and places, to obey local speed limits, and never to drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. This incident is also a reminder for all pedestrians and bicycles to use extra care to be visible, especially when walking or biking after dark, and to follow best practices and law for roadway safety.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding these cases in search of information that will improve roadway safety for all users.