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No charges for state senator who hit pedestrian

The state police said a state senator will not face charges after she drove over a curb and hit a pedestrian in Portsmouth last year.

Martha Fuller Clark had told the police that she “blacked out” before the Nov. 1 accident. She struck 67-year-old Carla Dow of Kittery Point, Maine. Dow suffered bruises and cuts.

The police told the Portsmouth Herald that tests showed the 71-year-old senator was not impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time.

Fuller Clark’s lawyer, Wilfred “Jack” Sanders, said the senator is “obviously sorry” about the crash and wishes Dow well.

Sanders said Fuller Clark voluntarily surrendered her driver’s license after the accident and may try to get it back. Meanwhile, Fuller Clark is trying to determine whether a medical issue contributed to the accident.

Legacy Comments4

You know, this is not fair. If a person has a medical condition that causes them to fall asleep at the wheel why should they still be driving. She did the right thing, she surrendered her license.

This Senator has had a sleeping disorder that obviously is not under control and blamed for several things. Please do not give her license to drive back.

I am glad there were no ducks present. That would make it a tragedy.

It's just a good thing she didn't run into a cop car on an icy road.

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