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Pedestrian struck at Rockland intersection

By Stephen Betts | Sep 19, 2019

Rockland — A pedestrian was injured Thursday, Sept. 19, when he was struck by a car at an intersection in Rockland.

According to Rockland police, Tyler Philbrook, 31, of Thomaston, was driving a 2004 Ford F150 west on Granite Street. Philbrook stopped at the stop sign and was watching traffic on Union Street to his right that was traveling south.

At the same time, James Beaudry, 66, of Rockland, was walking north on the sidewalk on Union Street. Beaudry walked in front of Philbrook’s vehicle.

Philbrook drove as he saw an opening in traffic and struck Beaudry, knocking him to the ground.

Beaudry was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport by Rockland Fire/Emergency Medical Services for a small laceration to his head.

No charges have been filed.

The crash is being investigated by Officer John Bagley.

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Comments (7)
Posted by: ROBERT W. KNAPP | Sep 22, 2019 11:42

Pedestrians have responsibilities! Stop-Look-Wave.

Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Sep 20, 2019 13:02

I live on Grove Street and so walk or drive across Union Street on a daily basis. And while speeding is an issue, in this case it is simply a matter of poor driving - one should always look in the direction of where they are going to turn before actually doing so, especially in areas where pedestrian traffic should be anticipated.

I've run into this situation much more often on Main Street, as drivers look to oncoming traffic without considering that a pedestrian is coming from the other direction. I will watch the driver as I approach, and if they don't look in my direction, I will knock on their fender to remind them to do so. Of course, a few of them are actually angered by my actions, as if only cars should be allowed downtown.


I agree with Amy that the freestanding pedestrian crossing signs should be located at the center of the road. When they first appeared a couple years back I used to move them thus; only to find that City workers would move them back to the curb, where they are often not seen by drivers. So I stopped doing so.

Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Sep 20, 2019 09:42

Another danger area is the shopping center parking lots.  Often we must pass behind a vehicle that has started up but is not moving.  I am always cautious  trying to figure out if the driver is able to see someone passing behind.

Posted by: Jane Karker | Sep 20, 2019 08:59

Always look at the driver in the eyes to make sure they see you before waking in front of a car. Make eye contact. I usually wave a “thanks” before proceeding. Even good drivers and good people can make mistakes. So participate with them.  I as walking with a friend the other day. She began to walk in front of a car that had stopped to turn. I shouted “stop, make sure they see you!” She was ahead of me a bit and for some reason she didn’t listen and walked in front of the car which which accelerated then skidded to a stop just short of hitting her. The driver may have (at one point) looked both ways, like Mr Philbrook may have done, but looked left first for pedestrians then a longer delay after looking right waiting for a traffic break. In just that length of time, a few seconds, is all it takes for a fast walking pedestrian to appear.  It’s almost happened to me before.  Both driver and pedestrian should look twice. Neither should be looking at their phones.

Posted by: Joseph Steinberger | Sep 19, 2019 19:29

Thanks Steve for making what happened so clear. As Francis says, too many people are in too much of a hurrry to look out much for pedestrians. Amy is right too that traffic is too fast on Broadway.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 19, 2019 19:08

Surprising that more pedestrians are not run over in Rockland. Have they lowered expectations of driving skills or is it the fact that drivers just do not care about anyone else.

Posted by: Amy Files | Sep 19, 2019 13:43

Traffic drives much too quickly on this road. If it went the speed it was supposed to, people wouldn't feel the need to have to dart out in between an opening. When BikeMaine was in town they placed crosswalk signs in the middle of the road as a test for traffic calming (slowing) and pedestrian safety. The difference was night and day -- when I crossed Union Street traffic stopped right away from me -- every single time -- which barely ever happens. All traffic was going much more slowly and paying attention to crosswalks. We should make that signage and center placement permanent -- I believe it follows federal traffic recommendations/standards.

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