A pedestrian who was hit by a car while trying to cross a busy road near the Maine Mall on Tuesday night was in critical condition at Maine Medical Center.

South Portland police Lt. Thomas Simonds identified the victim as Christoper Ayotte, 37, of South Portland.

Simonds in a press release said that Ayotte either stepped or slipped from a traffic island while trying to cross Western Avenue just before he was hit by a passing car. Ayotte, who lives in the Redbank neighborhood, was trying to cross the street to reach a convenience store.

The driver of the car, Timothy Eisenhart, 42, of Portland, was going from the mall area toward Interstate 295 around 5:30 p.m. Eisenhart was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation but Simonds said neither speed or alcohol appeared to be a factor.