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South Portland boy on road to recovery after being hit by car

Four months ago, 11-year-old Bradin Dingwell rode his skateboard out onto Elm Street into the path of an oncoming car. (WGME)

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) – A South Portland boy, lucky to be alive after being hit by a car, now faces a long road to recovery.

Four months ago, 11-year-old Bradin Dingwell rode his skateboard out onto Elm Street into the path of an oncoming car.

Police determined it was an accident. No charges were filed.

Now, Bradin's family and their neighbors want the city to make Elm Street safer, especially since they say Bradin isn't the first victim.

The city did put signs up years ago to warn drivers.

Bradin's grandmother and other neighbors would like to see a 10 mph speed limit on this stretch of Elm Street; that and possibly even speed bumps. They don't want to see any other children get hit by cars, and they're also getting a petition together to present to the city.

South Portland's city manager says if they present a request for more traffic control measures, the city will promptly review it. The city can put in flashing lights and speed bumps, but only the state can approve a reduced speed limit.

Before the accident, Bradin's family says he wanted to be a doctor and help people.

He now suffers from a traumatic brain injury. His family, though, remains hopeful.

Mail in Donations to:

The Bradin Dingwell Charity

Evergreen Credit Union

PO Box 1038

Portland, ME 04104-1038

Tax ID# 821-72-0453

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