May 23, 2018
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UMaine student struck by car identified, recuperating well

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine student who was struck by a car Wednesday evening while crossing College Avenue has been identified and reportedly is recuperating from what police say are relatively minor injuries.

Nirajan Adhikari, 26, of Nepal, who reportedly was thrown over the hood of the car, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of injuries that included a cut on the back of his head.

He since has been released, a hospital nursing supervisor confirmed Thursday night.

In the meantime, the accident remains under investigation.

While there is a crosswalk on the stretch of roadway that runs along Stillwater Village Apartments, near where the accident occurred, it was not yet clear if Adhikari was in it or near it when he was struck, Orono police Sgt. Scott Scripture said Thursday night.

Scripture also said that speed does not appear to be a factor but that visibility could have played a role.

Adhikari was wearing dark clothing when he stepped out onto the street about 6:25 p.m., Orono police Officer Jason Zalva said Wednesday night. Darkness was beginning to fall, he said.

The investigation initially suggested that Adhikari might have stepped onto the street without looking both ways, Zalva said.

One motorist managed to avoid hitting him by braking abruptly, but another driver, 73-year-old Edward Decker, was heading in the opposite direction and was not able to stop in time, he said.

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