June 18, 2018
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Pedestrian struck by van in Friendship

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — A 19-year-old Union man is at a Bangor hospital after he was struck by a vehicle when trying to cross the road Monday morning.

Samuel Wadsworth had gotten out of his vehicle and was trying to run across Route 97 to get to the Friendship Trap Company where he worked. He acknowledged he did not look both ways and slipped, according to a news release issued by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

Wadsworth was struck shortly after 10 a.m. by a 2003 Toyota Sienna van driven by Michelle White, 45, of Friendship, according to the news release.

Wadsworth was alert when first responders arrived and was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. He suffered many bruises and lacerations and was later flown by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center for possible internal injuries. An EMMC spokeswoman said Monday afternoon that Wadsworth was in good condition.

Deputy Michael Sprague was able to review video provided by Friendship Trap as part of its security system to support evidence that White attempted to stop with very little time, but due to the road conditions of slush and packed snow was unable to avoid striking Wadsworth. White was not injured and her van received very little damage.

Members of the Friendship Fire Department and Waldoboro Ambulance Service also were first responders at the scene.

Deputy Paul Spear also responded to the crash.

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