A verbal altercation between a motorist with North Carolina license plates on the car and Nathan Davenport, 47, Lyman, a pedestrian, ended with Davenport transported to Maine Medical Center for tests and observation according to his wife Abby around 6:30 pm this evening.
A car with North Carolina plates and driven by a 69-year old man drove through the green light at the juncture of Franklin Street and Commercial Street. He approached the entrance to Ocean Terminal honking on his horn as he went – possibly as a warning – to a group of about 10 pedestrians standing at the crosswalk preparing to cross over toward the nearby Tall Ships exhibit according to a witness to the accident who also works on Munjoy Hill.
Davenport reportedly stepped into the crosswalk and held on to the car at the driver’s window. He did not let go of the car and the driver sped up and Davenport got dragged a distance – falling down hitting his head on the street according to the same witness who was interviewed by the Portland Police. The witness said the incident was not the fault of the driver because he had the right of way the whole time – with a green light.
MHN.com had just left a free tour of the US Coast Guard Ship EAGLE, when the incident happened – around 6:15 pm or so. The EAGLE was a war prize that the US took in 1946 following World War 11. The ship was commissioned in Germany in 1936 as the Horst Wessel Yesterday the total number of visitors to the EAGLE and the SSV Perry was over 6,000.
Late this afternoon, the total number of visitors to both was slightly ahead of yesterday’s totals. The SSV Perry shut down at 5:00 pm for a private event while tours on the EAGLE ended around 6:30 pm. (Please see post herein dated July 29 2017 for more background information o the visit.)
In other Old Port news Carla’s, a women’s clothing boutique, has announced it will be closing at the end of this month. Carla Perkins, owner and a senior, has another store in Kennebunkport which will remain open. Joe Soley is the landlord and the rent was $5,300.00 per month. The high-end store has been located at 18 Exchange Street for three years. Prior to that it was located where Central Provisions is for sixteen years but forced out. Sales are expected to start in several weeks. Lulu Lemon, a yoga clothing store will move in on or about September 1, 2017. Previously the store was located on Market Street.
On another subject, Fire Chief Jackson is talking up the idea of opening a “Jackson Super Fire Station” on Canco Road – where CMP once was located. If that were to happen, two fire stations in Portland would have to be shut down to offset the expense. City Manager Poor Jon may not be on board on this idea, however.