June 22, 2018
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Belfast doctor’s condition improving after being dragged, pinned by truck

Harry Richter
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A local doctor who was dragged and pinned by his truck nearly two weeks ago has been upgraded to fair condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Harry Richter, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, initially had been listed in serious condition after the Feb. 9 accident that happened in his Belfast driveway.

A hospital spokesperson said Monday that his condition now was considered to be fair.

Police said Richter, who is in his late 60s, 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, according to Chief Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department.

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.

Richter was taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital and was taken to Bangor by LifeFlight helicopter later that day for treatment.

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