December 25, 2013

Pedestrian struck near Maine Mall upgraded to serious

Christoper Ayotte, 37, of South Portland, was struck by a car on Christmas Eve while trying to cross Western Avenue.

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

The condition of a pedestrian who was struck by a car on Christmas Eve while trying to walk across a busy road near the Maine Mall improved to serious Wednesday at Maine Medical Center, according to a nursing supervisor.

Christoper Ayotte, 37, of South Portland, had been listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Tuesday night, according to South Portland police Lt. Thomas Simonds.

Simonds said in a press release Tuesday 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.

Scott Dolan can be reached at 791-6304 or at:

Twitter: @scottddolan

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)