Driver with suspended license hits pedestrian in Farmington, police say

Erin Ingraham, 18, of Farmington was injured Friday afternoon when she was hit by a Jeep while crossing Main Street in Farmington.
Ann Bryant | Sun Journal
Erin Ingraham, 18, of Farmington was injured Friday afternoon when she was hit by a Jeep while crossing Main Street in Farmington.
Posted April 14, 2012, at 5:24 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — Police said a driver from Salem Township was arrested on a charge of driving after license suspension Friday afternoon after his Jeep struck a Farmington woman on Main Street.

Kenneth Murphy, 20, also wascharged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, Farmington police Officer Daryn Gilbert said.

Erin Ingraham, 18, of Farmington, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington, was in the crosswalk between McDonald’s and Gifford’s Ice Cream when she was struck just before 4 p.m., Gilbert said.

Murphy was attempting to turn right from Main to Front Street when his 2003 Jeep Cherokee hit Ingraham, the officer said. She was on the hood of the Jeep for about 20 feet before the vehicle stopped and she fell onto the street, he said.

Ingraham suffered cuts and bruises, but there were no broken bones, he said after talking with her at Franklin Memorial Hospital. She was expected to be released Friday night, he said.

“She was very lucky,” Gilbert said.

Ingraham was taken to the hospital by NorthStar ambulance.

Murphy said at the scene that he was distracted by activity on Main Street. Hippach Field was filled with cars for a ball game, Gifford’s had several customers and traffic was heavy as it usually is on a Friday, he said.

Selectman Ryan Morgan was driving by and saw the young woman lying in the road, so he pulled his truck over to block her from other motorists, he said at the scene.

Members of Farmington Fire and Rescue helped at the scene, along with Police Chief Jack Peck.

Murphy was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center and later released on $3,000 unsecured bail. He is scheduled to appear in court May 24.

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