A local doctor remains hospitalized Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, more than a week after he got stuck under his own vehicle and dragged across the street, but his condition has reportedly been upgraded from serious to fair.

Dr. Harry J. Richter, who according to VillageSoup archives is in his late 60’s, is listed in fair condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as of Friday afternoon, according to an EMMC spokesperson. Richter was taken to the Bangor hospital Feb. 9 after initially being taken to Waldo County General Hospital.

A WCGH spokesperson confirmed that Richter works at the Belfast hospital. According to the hospital’s website, Richter is an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said Richter had just returned home with his daughter after a trip to McDonalds shortly before 3 p.m. on Feb. 9. Richter was driving what McFadden described as a full-size General Motors pickup truck with a crew cab.

Richter pulled into his driveway, which McFadden said is on an incline, and spoke briefly with his daughter in the vehicle before heading into the house to get something. Richter was planning to drive elsewhere after his trip into the house, McFadden said.

Richter left the vehicle running and had started walking toward his house when his daughter decided to turn the vehicle off. McFadden described the daughter as a conscientious individual who didn’t want the vehicle to be burning gas while it wasn’t moving.

McFadden said Richter, however, had not put the vehicle in park and had instead left it in drive. When Richter’s daughter turned the ignition off, the police chief explained, that caused the vehicle to begin rolling backward down the driveway.

“[Richter] tried to regain entry and put it in park or hit the brakes,” said McFadden.

Instead, Richter reportedly got caught by the truck — McFadden said it was possible a tire hit Richter’s foot — and as a result was dragged down the driveway and across Bayview Street.

“We can only assume that he fell and the vehicle went over him,” said McFadden, though he added that it did not appear as though the tires hit Richter, other than the possibility that one had struck his foot. McFadden said Richter ultimately got pinned under the truck by the front suspension apparatus.

Police, fire and ambulance personnel all responded to the scene, and McFadden said crews were able to lift the vehicle off of Richter through the use of inflatable airbags.

Richter was taken to Waldo County General Hospital with what McFadden described as a “number of injuries,” though he did not know what type or how extensive they were.