Woman hit by truck dies from her injuries

Posted Jan. 05, 2009, at 8:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman who was struck the day after Christmas by a pickup truck with a snowplow attachment has died from her injuries.

Billie Jean Davis, 38, died at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Jan. 2, a week after she stepped into the road in the path of the truck on Hammond Street, near the intersection with Columbia Street, according to a news release issued Monday by the Bangor Police Department.

According to police reports, Davis was not in a crosswalk when the accident happened about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Davis was wearing dark clothing at the time, which would have made it difficult for motorists to see her, Edwards said.

Edwards said that several members of the Police Department, including detectives and accident reconstruction specialists, have completed their investigation of the accident.

No charges are pending against the truck’s driver, Wayne Harriman, 58, of Brewer.

Edwards urged pedestrians to use crosswalks where possible and even when they do, to use caution.

“Don’t assume that just because you’re in a crosswalk traffic is going to stop,” despite the state law that requires motorists stop when pedestrians are in crosswalks, Edwards said.

Even if motorists do stop on either side of the crosswalk, vehicles behind them sometimes will drive around, posing unanticipated dangers for pedestrians, Edwards said.

“So you’ve got to be really careful because sometimes people are in a hurry and they’re not paying attention,” Edwards said.

Davis was one of two pedestrians struck by vehicles in Bangor on the same day, within minutes and a few blocks of each other.

The other woman, 21-year-old Amanda Guay, was struck in a hit-and-run accident about 4:30 p.m. while crossing Cedar Street at the intersection of Third Street. Guay was treated for her injuries at EMMC and released the next day.

The alleged driver of the car that struck Guay was identified the next day as Brian Rice, 31, of Bangor.

Rice was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, domestic assault and operating a motor vehicle after license suspension. His driver’s license was suspended on Nov. 28 of last year for failure to pay child support. He remains in Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and is scheduled to appear in Penobscot County Superior Court on Feb. 27.

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