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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Pickup Truck Lewiston, Maine, November 3, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2016, a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck was northbound on Main Street (US Route 202) in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. As the 54-year-old female driver approached the intersection of Main and Frye streets, a 13-year-old male pedestrian was crossing Main Street from west to east, in a marked crosswalk (figure 1). According to the collision reconstruction report of the Lewiston Police Department, video from a nearby security camera shows the pedestrian walking northeast bound on the sidewalk. [The pedestrian] positions himself in the crosswalk (western side) on the side of the road. He appears to wait until traffic continues by. When there is a lull in traffic he proceeds to walk across Main St still in the crosswalk. As he passes the centerline he stops briefly and appears to look right to see . . . the vehicle heading towards him. [The pedestrian] attempts to get out of the way by running east bound.. [He] was not able to get out of the way of [the] vehicle. [He] is struck just beyond the crosswalk.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Lewiston, Maine, crash was the pickup truck’s excessive speed and the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian in the crosswalk. Contributing to the cause of the crash was diminished visibility due to the weather and low-light conditions.


Accident Location: Lewiston , ME USA  
Accident Date: 11/3/2016
Accident ID: HWY17SH008, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 9/24/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1816
NTIS Number:  

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