WATERVILLE — A city man was taken by helicopter to a Bangor hospital with head and leg injuries Friday night after being struck by a vehicle while walking in traffic on upper Main Street, police said Saturday.

Sgt. Alden Weigelt said the man, John Douglas, 35, of First Rangeway, was crossing the busy street in the area of Tim Hortons and Comfort Inn when he was hit by a 2013 Hyundai in the southbound traffic lane. Weigelt said Douglas is a “big man, a tall man,” and his size explains the extensive damage to the vehicle.

The car was inoperable, sustaining a broken windshield and heavy front-end damage in the accident. Waterville police are investigating the accident and Maine State Police have been called to reconstruct the crash.

Weigelt said Douglas initially was taken for treatment to Inland Hospital in Waterville, but later was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight helicopter because of his leg injury. Douglas was conscious and alert at all times, Weigelt said.

The accident was reported at 7:04 p.m. Friday. The all-wheel-drive Hyundai was driven by Patricia Varney, 47, of Crestwood Drive, in Waterville. She was not injured.

Weigelt said the area of the accident is not well-lit. He said it appears that Douglas was distracted by something and was not looking toward the approaching car. Varney also said she did not see Douglas in time to avoid hitting him.

Weigelt said it does not appear that Varney was speeding, but state police will make that determination in their final reconstruction report.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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