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Two drivers sued over pedestrian fatality in Lewiston

LEWISTON – The widower of a woman who was struck and fatally injured while crossing Center Street in Lewiston June 1 has filed suit against the two drivers whose vehicles struck her.

James M. Beutel of Sanborn filed suit in State Supreme Court last week against Albert C. Walton and Paul F. Kankolenski of Lewiston in connection with the Sunday afternoon incident that claimed the life of Gail C. Beutel, 61, of Upper Mountain Road.

“The family’s looking for some justice as to a pedestrian who was crossing the street with the right of way,” said Gregory V. Pajak, senior trial attorney at the Cellino & Barnes law firm. He filed the suit, seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

The original accident reports by Lewiston Patrolman Vanik Alioan say that Beutel was crossing Center Street at Seventh Street from north to south at about 2:30 p.m. Her dog accompanied her.

There is no traffic signal at that intersection. There are stop signs for traffic on Seventh Street. Pajak said there was a marker in the middle of Center Street at Seventh, advising drivers to stop for pedestrians.

After Beutel was injured and was lying in the street, she was struck by a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by Kanklolenski, 73, of Lower Mountain Road, witnesses told police. He was making a right turn from North Seventh Street onto Center and, according to witnesses, ran over Beutel’s legs. Kankolenski and his wife Marilyn, a passenger in the vehicle, denied striking her, saying they saw no one lying on the pavement and felt no impact or disturbance to their car.

Officer Aloian took statements from five witnesses to the accident.