• September 09, 2022

Bates College Student Injured by Delivery Truck in Lewiston, ME

Lewiston, ME— September 8, 2022, a Bates College student was struck and injured by a delivery truck near Parker Hall in Lewiston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:10 p.m. outside Parker Hall on campus. Preliminary investigation suggests the woman was walking on Alumni Walk near the building when she was hit by the reversing W.B. Mason delivery truck.

The student sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to an area hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident at Bates College in Lewiston

Folks are tempted to say auto-pedestrian accidents are always the fault of either the pedestrian or the driver, with nothing in between and no other factors to consider. Things are rarely that clear-cut, however, and it's important to investigate these incidents carefully.

For instance, some reports mentioned the student pedestrian had headphones or earbuds on while walking and suggested she may have been distracted and not noticed the truck. However, the same reports also mention several nearby students shouting at the truck driver to stop--which he apparently didn't do. Could or should he have heard them? Was he distracted as well? If so, by what? Was he watching his mirrors? Was anyone guiding the truck as it backed up? How fast was the truck moving, and was that speed reasonable for the location and the maneuver?

Bates College Student Injured by Delivery Truck in Lewiston, ME

Those and many other details must be taken into account in pursuit of the whole story. Simply saying a woman blithely walked behind a moving truck for seemingly no reason isn't enough; that student and her family deserve some real answers, and depending on what those answers are maybe some proper accountability from the driver and his employer. Will police take a closer look and try to fill in the many remaining blanks, or should someone else working more directly on the family's behalf step in?

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