PORTLAND — A North Yarmouth teenager who was struck by a car June 9 in Gray was listed in critical condition again Tuesday morning, according to a hospital representative.
Delilah Talon was initially listed in critical condition when admitted to Maine Medical Center in Portland last week. Her condition improved to serious on Thursday, June 10, and remained that way until it was revised again this week.
The 15-year-old was thrown into the windshield of a passing car at about 1:30 p.m. on June 9. She sustained what were described as life-threatening injuries, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.
Talon was walking with two friends in the area of 189 Shaker Road (Route 26) when a 1994 Ford sedan, driven northbound by Earl Melendy, 83, of Gray, drifted to the side of the road and struck her.
Sheriff’s deputies responded and Gray Fire and Rescue took Talon to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Neither the other two girls nor Melendy were hurt. The sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident, according to the department, and Melendy has not been charged pending the outcome of the investigation.
Chief Deputy Kevin Joyce said on Monday that the girls were walking on the correct side of the road in the northbound lane, and were facing Melendy’s vehicle as it approached.
Joyce said the speed limit in that area is 40 mph, but that speed does not currently appear to be a factor in the accident. He said whether Melendy had a medical condition that led to the incident, or may have been distracted or blinded by sunlight, is still being determined.
One lane of Route 26 was closed for about an hour following the accident.
Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.