11-year-old Searsport girl struck while walking baby brother in stroller

Posted March 09, 2012, at 9:16 p.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — An 11-year-old Searsport girl was taken to a Bangor hospital Friday afternoon for injuries she suffered when she was struck by a car while pushing her little brother in a stroller along Loop Road.

The girl, whose name was not released Friday, suffered a femur fracture and possible internal injuries, Searsport Police Chief Dick LeHaye said Friday evening. She was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight. No further information about her medical condition was available Friday night.

The girl’s year-and-a-half-old brother, who was in the stroller, was not injured, LeHaye said. A dog the girl was walking with at the time also was struck, he said. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment of its injuries, which were not life-threatening.

According to LeHaye, the accident happened about 3:40 p.m. on a narrow stretch of the road. Two vehicles that were traveling in opposite directions met and one of them, a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Richard Cook, 42, of Northport, moved over to avoid the oncoming vehicle. He then struck the girl and the puppy.

LeHaye said Cook indicated that he was traveling no more than 20 to 25 mph at the time. No charges are pending in connection with the accident, he said.

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