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Teen struck by car in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Jul 22, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland emergency crews responded July 21 to a car/pedestrian crash on Maverick Street.

Rockland — A 16-year-old boy was injured Tuesday afternoon when struck by a car on Maverick Street.

The crash occurred at 6:15 p.m. July 21 at the intersection of Maverick and Brewster streets when a 2009 Kia driven by Marilyn Lustgarten, 67, of Rockland was heading west on Maverick, according to Rockland Police Chief Christopher Young.

The sun was intense and shining directly in her eyes, the chief said. She was putting down her visor when she struck the 16-year-old boy from Hope, who was in a clearly marked crosswalk.

The boy was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport by Rockland emergency medical services. The chief said the boy was treated for cuts and bruises and released from the hospital later in the evening.

There was no charge levied against the driver.

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Comments (7)
Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Jul 24, 2020 05:08

Sorry for the mess...My bad...t'would be wicked nice to be able to edit and/or delete comments.



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Jul 24, 2020 04:32

Thankfully his injuries were minor, but it wasn't for the last guy mowed down here. He had to be hospitalized.



It was only a matter of time before it happened again. And this is on the City of Rockland, not the driver, pedestrian nor SUN.

 


Up until last December, I lived at, and had a clear unobstructed view of that corner and crosswalk from my livingroom couch, lawn & driveway for 13+ years. Plus, I used that crosswalk almost daily, sometimes for multiple round trips.

 


My non official data show that even most drivers who are NOT BLINDED BY THE SUN repeatedly flout Maine's must-stop-for-a-pedestrian-in-a-crosswalk law, even in plain view of the Rockland Police Department (RPD).

 

 

When an RPD officer would sit in the old Aarons' lot doing paperwork, or speed limit enforcement, thus be witness to this happening (to me et. al.), they would do nada to endorce it.

 

 

Not even once in my 13 years there did I see a single driver get cited, or even just pulled over for it, though it happened dozens of times a day, several of them to me.

 


I've even had it happen to me with a officer staring right at me as cars just sped on by in front of me. Yet again, nada enforcement.

 


And be assured, I'm a large, colorful & hard to miss person, yet I've been nearly hit there way too many times, both day and night.

 

 

And this is not the first time a pedestrian got hit there either.

 


Clearly the big bright safety green crosswalk signs are not enough!

The very same signs I begged the city to install, and they finally did, but only on the north side, then not until several years later on the south.

 


It is well known that this intersection & crosswalk has as much, if not more pedestrian traffic, along with fast moving automotive traffic, than just about any other in the city.

 


A very bad mix.

 

At least downtown the cars tend to move much slower.

 


But for some reason, (like us "poors"  are the only frequent users), other high traffic city crosswalks get special cones, and some even get flashing lights.

 


So why not this one too?

 


What is it going to take?

 


Is it going to take an actual death before this negligence is corrected?

 

 

Do we as a city prefer to just let someone die first?

 


Is that a price we are willing to pay?

 


Or do we just hope the cost of any future negligent wrongful death lawsuits will be cheaper than simply making this crossing much safer?

 


Do we?????



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Jul 24, 2020 04:26

Yup

 

They are..

 

My long comment draft was paragraph spaced properly.

 

This software got it wrong.

 

But now i know how to trick it.



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Jul 24, 2020 04:21

Paragraph

 

Spacing

 

Test

 

Perhaps double

 

Returns are required



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Jul 24, 2020 04:18

Thankfully his injuries were minor, but it wasn't for the last guy mowed down here. He had to be hospitalized.

It was only a matter of time before it happened again. And this is on the City of Rockland, not the driver, pedestrian nor SUN.

Up until last December, I lived at, and had a clear unobstructed view of that corner and crosswalk from my livingroom couch, lawn & driveway for 13+ years. Plus, I used that crosswalk almost daily, sometimes for multiple round trips.

My non official data show that even most drivers who are NOT BLINDED BY THE SUN repeatedly flout Maine's must-stop-for-a-pedestrian-in-a-crosswalk law, even in plain view of the Rockland Police Department (RPD).

When an RPD officer would sit in the old Aarons' lot doing paperwork, or speed limit enforcement, thus be witness to this happening (to me et. al.), they would do nada to endorce it.

Not even once in my 13 years there did I see a single driver get cited, or even just pulled over for it, though it happened dozens of times a day, several of them to me.

I've even had it happen to me with a officer staring right at me as cars just sped on by in front of me. Yet again, nada enforcement.

And be assured, I'm a large, colorful & hard to miss person, yet I've been nearly hit there way too many times, both day and night. And this is not the first time a pedestrian got hit there either.

Clearly the big bright safety green crosswalk signs are not enough!

The very same signs I begged the city to install, and they finally did, but only on the north side, then not until several years later on the south.

It is well known that this intersection & crosswalk has as much, if not more pedestrian traffic, along with fast moving automotive traffic, than just about any other in the city.

A very bad mix. At least downtown the cars tend to move much slower.

But for some reason, (like us "poors"  are the only frequent users), other high traffic city crosswalks get special cones, and some even get flashing lights.

So why not this one too?

What is it going to take?

Is it going to take an actual death before this negligence is corrected?

Do we as a city prefer to just let someone die first?

Is that a price we are willing to pay?

Or do we just hope the cost of any future negligent wrongful death lawsuits will be cheaper than simply making this crossing much safer?

Do we?????



Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Jul 22, 2020 14:56

Glad his injuries were not serious, at least according to the report.  The lady who hit him is one of the nicest women I know.  She would not hurt a flea.  I'm sure she is terribly distraught over this.  When you have the sun glaring in your eyes, it is impossible to see, even with the visor down.  It was an accident, plain and simple.  Could have happened to anybody.  Please be kind and do not use this forum to "teach a good lesson" when all parties are suffering, mentally and physically.  I'm so grateful the outcome wasn't worse, for all concerned.  God bless Marilyn and the young man who was injured.

 



Posted by: ananur forma | Jul 22, 2020 12:05

Hope he's ok.

good lesson in not looking away for a second

unless stopped at a traffic light.



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