April 22, 2018
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Boy hospitalized after being hit by SUV in Dedham

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

DEDHAM, Maine — A local 12-year-old boy has been hospitalized with injuries to his head and other parts of his body after being struck by a sport utility vehicle Sunday afternoon on Upper Dedham Road, according to police.

The boy, Nicholas Borodko, ran out into the road around 4:30 p.m. in front of a black 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Frederick Smith, 55, of Dedham, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Sargent indicated in a report on the incident.

The boy was hit and suffered a large laceration to his head, swelling of the brain and lungs, a minor fracture of a bone in his back and swelling of his knees and elbows, Sargent wrote in the report. Borodko was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. A hospital spokesman said Monday that they had no information on the boy.

According to Sargent, the boy ran out into Upper Dedham Road from Hillside Drive. Borodko lives on Hillside Drive with his family, but was by himself at the time he was hit by the SUV, the deputy said Monday afternoon.

Sargent said it is not clear why the boy ran out into the roadway.

Smith was the person who contacted police to report the accident, the deputy said. He said he does not expect any charges to be filed in the incident. Smith was wearing a seat belt when his vehicle hit the boy, he said.

Sargent said he had spoken to the boy’s family and that, despite the severity of the injuries, it seems the boy will survive.

“It doesn’t sound like it is life-threatening at this point,” Sargent said.

Smith’s vehicle had more than $1,000 damage to its front end as a result of the accident, the deputy indicated.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff McFarland reconstructed the accident. Chief Deputy Richard Bishop and the Dedham Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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