May 26, 2018
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Doctor in serious condition after getting dragged and pinned by truck

Harry Richter
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A doctor who was dragged and pinned by his truck Thursday afternoon was listed in serious condition Friday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Harry Richter, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, was taken to Bangor by LifeFlight helicopter for treatment Thursday, according to Chief Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department.

Rescue crews used the Jaws of Life to move the truck off Richter, who is in his late 60s.

According to McFadden, Richter had driven home with his daughter, who is about 13 years old, and stopped the truck in the driveway of their Bayview Street home. He had not shifted the truck into park, but because he had braked and stopped on an incline, the vehicle stopped moving even after he took his foot off the brake.

Richter got out of the car for a moment, and his daughter reached over to turn the engine off. When she did, the truck began rolling down the hill toward the road.

The doctor rushed back to the vehicle to try to stop it, but was caught by the truck. He was dragged and then trapped under the front suspension when the truck came to a stop across the street on a neighbor’s lawn.

“If you see a vehicle rolling into the street with your daughter in it, you’re going to do anything you can to stop it,” McFadden said. “His actions were pretty heroic, if you think about it.”

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