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A video released by the Lewiston Police Department of Mayor-elect Mark Cayer hitting a woman in a city crosswalk with his van less than two weeks before his November election partially confirms the accounts of the crash from both sides.
Cayer admitted responsibility for the Oct. 24 crash in a Facebook post the next day, saying he was distracted by a bicyclist and a scooter in a bike lane on his right side and some nearby fire trucks when he hit Julianne Dawson of Lewiston. He said he was driving at or below 25 mph, the street’s posted speed limit.
Less than two weeks later, Cayer went on to win his race for mayor against Tim Lajoie and Charles Soule with 54.6 percent of votes.
The video shows where the parties were in the intersection of Pine and Bartlett streets during the crash but doesn’t show some of the distractions Cayer said were factors in the crash. The Bangor Daily News obtained the video in a public records request Wednesday.
Dawson told the Bangor Daily News in October that she wanted the video to be public because she felt some were blaming her for the incident. The Sun Journal’s Facebook page was full of examples of people blaming Dawson for the crash or accusing Cayer of lying about it.
Cayer did not contest the charge of failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or showing visible intent to enter a crosswalk, a traffic violation, and paid a $180 ticket on Nov. 15, according to court records.