Pedestrian hit by pickup truck in Skowhegan crosswalk

Posted Jan. 12, 2012, at 5:35 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A local woman was taken to a hospital after being hit by a pickup truck about noontime Thursday.

Donna Burrill, 60, of Skowhegan was struck while walking in a crosswalk on Commercial Street, Skowhegan police Officer Herb Oliver said.

Oliver said Douglas Foster of Solon, driving his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, made a left turn onto Commercial Street. Foster glanced to his right while making the turn and “when he turned back, there were two pedestrians in the crosswalk. He hit the brakes and turned to the right, but still struck one of them,” said Oliver.

Burrill was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.

“They did X-rays but found no broken bones. She just got banged up some,” said Oliver. “She’s going to be sore for a few days with bumps and bruises.”

Oliver said Foster was driving 10-15 mph before he slammed on his brakes.

“He wasn’t going very fast. He probably slowed down quite a bit by the point of impact,” said Oliver, who added that he saw no reason to charge Foster for the incident.

The speed limit is 25 mph through that area. Weather did not play a role in the crash, added Oliver.

“She was lucky he wasn’t going any faster than he was or that it wasn’t a bigger truck. It could have been a lot worse than it was,” said Oliver.

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