Ellsworth city councilor and her baby hit by truck in crosswalk

Posted Oct. 10, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — City Councilor Pamela Perkins was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street with her infant daughter Saturday in Ellsworth.

Perkins said she and her 1-year-old, Lydia, whom she was carrying, were on their way to dinner when the accident happened. She said she looked both ways before entering the crosswalk at the intersection of Main and Hancock streets just before 7 p.m.

Before the mother and child could reach the other side, they were struck by a Nissan pickup truck driven by Dennis Rowe, 49, of Bennettsville, S.C. The impact of the collision forced baby Lydia out of Perkins’ arms.

“I flipped around so that she wouldn’t be hit,” Perkins said in a Wednesday interview. “Before I knew it, I was on the ground and I wasn’t holding on to her anymore.”

Rowe told police at the scene that he had been “looking around the town” and didn’t see Perkins or her baby in the crosswalk.

Perkins and her daughter were taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and treated. Neither received serious injuries, but Perkins complained of leg pain, and Lydia’s face was bleeding, according to an accident report. Both were treated and released.

“I’m fine,” Perkins said. “I don’t know how fast he was going, but it couldn’t have been too fast because I’m not hurt too badly.”

She said her daughter had received several medical tests and didn’t appear to be injured. Rowe was issued a citation for “failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk” and fined $165.

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