Churchgoer gets struck by tractor trailer

8:36 PM, Feb 3, 2014   |    comments
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BREWER, Maine (News Center)-- While many people prepared to watch the Super Bowl last night, a Bangor Man's life changed as he tried to go to church. Police say he was hit by a tractor trailer while crossing the street. Now he's in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center facing life threatening injuries.

Seventy-four-year-old Don Factor was on his way to mass at St. Teresa's Church in Brewer at 5:30 last night. He was crossing South Main Street when the truck struck him. Factor sustained serious injuries to his head, knee, and elbow.

Once the parking lots fill up for evening masses, cars line both sides of the South Main Street. Police say that combined with the lack of natural light and misty weather, visibility can be limited. Investigators say that Factor was not using the cross walk. Brewer Police requested the assistance of both the Maine State Police and the Old Town Police. Police units arrived on the scene soon after the accident and shut down traffic on that street for three and a half hours.

Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said, "There were a lot of people in the area at the time. There was a lot of traffic on South Main Street. Additionally there were a lot of parishioners at the local church. We had to let all the parishioners go at the time the scene was locked down, so we had to make some adjustments to how we did our job."

Father Timothy Nadeau, the pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, sent a statement saying "The thoughts and prayers of the entire parish are with Dr. Factor, his family and friends. I visited with Don and his family this morning and the parish will continue to provide any support and pastoral care that they might need. In light of the ongoing investigation, and out of respect to the family, we will not comment or elaborate on any of the details surrounding the accident at this time. On behalf of the Diocese of Portland, Bishop Malone asks the community to join all of us in praying for Dr. Factor, his family and his friends during this difficult time."

The case is still active but no charges have been made at this time. Authorities do say it doesn't appear speed or alcohol were a factor.

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