Police Say Pedestrian Wearing Dark Clothing Hit by 88-Year-Old Man in Rochester
ROCHESTER — A man had to be taken to the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle driven by an 88-year-old man as he crossed a street Thursday.
Rochester police said around 5:05 p.m. they responded to a crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Linden Street and South Main Street.
The pedestrian, Royce Heath, 65, of Lebanon, Maine, was found lying on the pavement near Linden Street when first responders arrived.
Police determined that Heath had been attempting to cross South Main Street at a marked crosswalk from the southeastern corner of the South Main and Linden Streets. While in the crosswalk, he was hit by a 2016 Honda Fit operated by John Loder, of Moultonboro, police said.
Heath was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries. Loder was not injured.
Police said because the intersection is not controlled by traffic signals and because there is little ambient lighting in the area, they don't think Loder could see Heath, who was wearing dark clothing. Police said headlights from oncoming cars also obstructed Loder's field of vision.
The Rochester Police Department reminds citizens that light-colored and reflective clothing will increase visibility during dark conditions. They also said not to assume that just because a vehicle has its headlights on that the operator can see you.