Pedestrian hit by car, severely injured11/26/08

Nov. 26, 2008

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and sustained major injuries in an accident that occurred at the stoplight intersection of Route 2 and Maple Tree Place Road. The incident occurred at 5 p.m. on Thursday and was not a hit-and-run, according to police.

Williston police officer Benjamin Hollwedel said the pedestrian was in the crosswalk at the stoplight, walking towards the Exxon station when he was hit. Hollwedel said the pedestrian, who was dressed entirely in black, was crossing against a “do not walk” signal while westbound traffic had a green light.

Hollwedel did not specify the injuries, but said they were serious.

“He’s going to live, but he got banged up pretty good,” Hollwedel said.

There were no injuries to the driver, he added.

According to Williston Fire Chief Ken Morton, the vehicle sustained significant damage from the pedestrian hitting the car, including a damaged bumper and shattered windshield. Morton said St. Michael’s College Rescue Service transported the pedestrian to Fletcher Allen Health Care. Hollwedel said he was still hospitalized.

Hollwedel said police have concluded their investigation and no charges will be filed.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff