Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching
Latest Pedestrian Crash in Bath
February 18, 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 a pedestrian killed in Bath on February 17th, and extends its condolences.
Paula Caruso, 70, of Wiscasset, was struck by a car and killed as she crossed Washington Street in a crosswalk while heading to work at Bath Iron Works. This is a harsh reminder that seniors suffer disproportionately from pedestrian deaths in Maine. While comprising 15% of Maine’s population, adults aged 65 and older accounted for 35.3% of pedestrian fatalities across the state from 2003-2010. This second fatality in 2016 comes after a year in which a record 19 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.