A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk across from the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle Wednesday, Nov. 5. Credit: Jessica Picard | Lincoln County News

A man struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk in Newcastle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Richard Bates, 64, of St. George was walking in the crosswalk across from the Second Congregational Church on Main Street when he was struck by a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade traveling southwest, away from downtown, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Dennison.

The vehicle was operated by Randall Peterson, 74, of Damariscotta. Peterson’s wife, Jean Peterson, was a passenger in the vehicle, according to Dennison.

The Escalade struck Bates on the front driver’s side, on Bates’ right side, according to Dennison.

“It doesn’t appear that speed was involved,” Dennison said. He said Peterson did not see Bates begin to cross the street.

Bates was brought to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus with minor injuries by Central Lincoln County Ambulance, Dennison said. The Petersons were uninjured.

There was minor damage to the vehicle’s driver’s side mirror and a scratch on its hood, Dennison said.

The incident was witnessed by Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett, and Darrell Goldrup of Waldoboro, Dennison said.

Lincoln County Communications paged the Newcastle Fire Department at 5:04 p.m. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Central Lincoln County Ambulance responded.