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Car that pinned man to building was attempting to reverse

By Jordan Bailey | Sep 11, 2017
Photos by: Jordan Bailey Officer Mike Rolerson questions the driver of a car that struck the City Block building Sept. 8.

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

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.

Sergeant John Gibbs said Sept. 11 that Carla Feltman, 72, of Lincolnville and New York, was attempting to reposition her vehicle after parking too close to the car next to her, but forgot to switch gears to reverse. When she saw a break in traffic behind her, she hit the gas to pull out and may have pushed the gas pedal harder when she perceived that she was not going backwards, Gibbs said. The car went forward onto the sidewalk, then hit a lamppost and pedestrian and the City Block building.

Peter Fellows of Potomac Falls, Va., who was walking up the sidewalk with a friend, became pinned between the car and the building. Gibbs said Fellows's friend was able to push the car back from the building, and used his belt as a tourniquet on Fellows's leg, which was bleeding profusely.

When Officer Mike Rolerson arrived on scene, he replaced the belt with a medical tourniquet before Belfast Ambulance arrived. Fellows was transported to Waldo County General Hospital, where he was treated for tissue damage, but had no broken bones, Gibbs said.

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

"It's pretty scary," she said.

Police on scene initially thought the driver's foot had slipped off the brake pedal and hit the gas. When Gibbs questioned Feltman after the accident he determined that alcohol was not a factor and no charges were filed against her. He said she is fully insured.

"It was an unfortunate accident," he said.

Editor's note: This is an update of a previous version of this story, which can be read here.

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