A 29-year-old man was struck and killed by a passing motorist, as he walked along Main Street in Monmouth on Thursday.

Kyle Foyt-Brides was reportedly wearing dark clothing and walking with his back to traffic. A Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by 35-year-old Randy Chang of Farmingdale was traveling south when he came up behind Brides and struck him. Police say Brides was walking on the paved part of the road and that it was a foggy morning. Officials say an oncoming vehicle tried, unsuccessfully, to warn Chang of the pedestrian on the road.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which works to make roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians, reports this is the eleventh pedestrian fatality in Maine in 2021. According to the BCH, there were a total of 10 pedestrian deaths last year, and 17 in 2019. Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Jean Sideris said, in a media release, that drivers and pedestrians needs to be extra cautious when conditions are less than perfect.

We urge motorists to slow down and anticipate seeing pedestrians using the roadways, and likewise encourage pedestrians to wear bright or reflective clothing and always walk facing traffic.

According to the Portland Press Herald, no charges are expected to be filed against Chang. The foggy conditions, coupled with Brides' dark clothing, are considered to have been factors in the crash.

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