A woman attending a demonstration in support of the Freeport flag ladies is in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland after having been struck by a sport utility vehicle at the corner of School and Main Street in Freeport as she was crossing the intersection. The victim is Rhonda O’Leary who was apparently knocked back and hit her head on the pavement. The driver of the SUV is said to have stopped and seemed shaken up by the incident.
This happens at a time of conflict between the Freeport flag ladies, who say they are non-political and promoting a patriotic message, and James Roux III, who says he’s offended that the flag ladies turned a September 11 remembrance into an event for veterans and military people rather than an event marking the deaths in New York in 2001. The flag ladies have received an order of protection against Roux but there is so far no sign that this matter relates to today’s accident.