Jacqueline Capitina Injured in Dump Truck Accident on Main Street in Bangor, ME
UPDATE (May 17, 2022): In recent reports, authorities identified the victim as 66-year-old Jacqueline Capitina, who reportedly had serious injuries. Additional details about the incident are unavailable at this time.
Bangor, ME -- May 13, 2022, a pedestrian was injured due to an accident where a dump truck hit them while they were walking on Main Street.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:42 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street.
Right now, exact details remain unclear. Authorities said only that a pedestrian was walking in the area when a dump traveling southbound on Main hit the victim. EMS transported the victim to a hospital with reportedly serious injuries.
Additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Jacqueline Capitina Pedestrian Dump Truck Accident in Bangor
Looking at this area, it seems to be pretty open with marked crosswalks and traffic signals. This could be as simple as someone failing to yield, whether that was the pedestrian not crossing when it was safe or the truck driver not keeping a proper lookout while turning, for example. With that said, it's important the investigators handling things have the experience to consider more than just right-of-way. As important as that is, it's not the only factor worth attention.
For example, even if a pedestrian is somewhere they shouldn't be, drivers still have a basic duty to avoid reasonably avoidable accidents. If someone is clearly visible and avoidable, failing to avoid them would be a serious red flag the driver was doing something wrong. Otherwise, if the collision was not reasonably avoidable, it would be ridiculous for the driver to be responsible for something they couldn't avoid.
Whether or not this all was reasonably avoidable will depend on the evidence. Hopefully steps are being taken to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks. That may require efforts more thorough than a simple police investigation.