Accident raises question of pedestrian safety
A recent pedestrian-motor vehicle accident involving Bowdoin
students has brought attention to the increased need for pedestrian safety
and crosswalk conditions. A student attempting to cross Maine Street was
struck by a Volvo station wagon at approximately 5:30 p.m., November 29.
According to Brunswick Police Commander Rick Desjardins,
road conditions that evening were poor. At the time of the accident, it
was dark, rainy, and there was a high volume of traffic. In addition,
Khoa Khuong '04, the student crossing the street, was wearing dark clothing.
The driver, Devin Lueddeke '02, did not see the pedestrian until his car
made contact with Khuong, who subsequently had to be hospitalized.
Commander Desjardins believed that Khuong was using a crosswalk,
but the police accident reconstruction team is still verifying this. "Our
team is looking into many things
there is a responsibility on the
part of both the pedestrian and the driver," said Desjardins. "We're
investigating whether there was adequate time for the driver to stop."
This is not the first time that a Bowdoin pedestrian has
been seriously wounded in a car accident. Several years ago, a student
was fatally struck by a large car with a snowplow attached. Such accidents
have caused Bowdoin Security to emphasize the necessity of safe street
conditions for students. Recently, Security conducted a "lighting
walk," designed to search for areas of campus that are inadequately
Louann Dustin-Hunter, Assistant Director of Security, coordinated
the walk, and noted that "strategically placed and operational lighting
is of the utmost importance when considering the safety and well-being
of the campus community." At present, all electrical work orders
involving campus lighting have been addressed, and Central Maine Power
has repaired the streetlights that were out on upper Maine Street, near
Belmont and Boody Street, according to Dustin-Hunter.
In light of the pedestrian accident, students have expressed
a more cautious attitude toward crossing streets.
"I live in Mayflower Apartments and I have to cross
Maine Street every day," said sophomore Kala Hardacker. "Last
week's accident will definitely make me be more alert when crossing streets."
For more information about Security's findings on campus
lighting, please contact Dustin-Hunter of Security for a full copy of