MEREDITH — A pedestrian using a crosswalk on Main Street was hit and seriously injured by an SUV late Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.
Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones said the female victim was in and out of consciousness at the scene and that he called for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) helicopter, but was told because of the rain and low cloud ceiling they weren’t flying.
The victim was taken by Stewarts Ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital. The Meredith Fire Department issued a trauma alert to hospital staff after learning the helicopter was unavailable.
Meredith Chief of Police Kevin Morrow said the department was trying to identify the woman and were checking the license plate on a black car parked in front of Lakes Region Nutrition Center to learn the registered owner.
The woman had just left the post office at 76 Main St., and was crossing in the direction of a health food store when she was struck by a northbound white Jeep Cherokee. The man driving the SUV immediately stopped. The vehicle remained in the middle of the street with its four-way flashers on as emergency medical personnel tended to the injured woman.
Police blocked Main Street at the intersection with Lake Street and at Water Street, as emergency medical personnel worked.
The street remained blocked as police took detailed measurements at the scene.
Chief Morrow said the street is narrow and that problem is compounded when vehicles park on both sides. It was raining at the time of the accident, which occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m.