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Car jumps curb, hits pedestrian and lamppost in pedal mix-up

By Jordan Bailey | Sep 08, 2017
Photo by: Jordan Bailey Officer Mike Rolerson surveys the damage while questioning a driver who struck a lamppost on Main Street Friday afternoon.

Belfast — A man was injured and a building damaged when a car parking on Main Street jumped the curb and knocked over a lamppost.

Belfast Police, Ambulance and Fire responded to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. A Subaru Outback was hung up on the base of the lamppost in front of the Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Group real estate office, and the fallen lamppost was protruding from the side of the building.

Belfast Police Officer Michael Rolerson said, "An elderly woman was attempting to park when I believe her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas."

He said a man walking up the sidewalk was also struck and was transported by ambulance to the hospital with a leg injury that Rolerson said was not life-threatening. The driver was not injured. The names of the driver and the and accident victim were not available.

Rolerson said the driver has not been charged at this point, and that Sgt. John Gibbs would be questioning her.

The Subaru had extensive damage to the undercarriage, and was leaking oil and antifreeze as it was towed off the lamppost base and curb by Dan's Towing of Belfast.

A bystander said she was in Trustworthy Hardware and "knew exactly what was going on" when she heard the crash, because the hardware store's building has been run into twice.

"It's pretty scary," she said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Jordan M Bailey | Sep 10, 2017 08:55

Thank you, I fixed it!

Posted by: Brian Callahan | Sep 09, 2017 05:38

Jordan Bailey... you spelled "break" incorrectly. Automobiles have "brakes", not "breaks".

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