Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

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Injury traffic accident, a vehicle vs subject in wheelchair near 222 W. Carrillo Street.

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mattyboy Sep 06, 2019 12:47 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

Umm, there are also transients in wheelchairs that are *not* handicapped, but use it as a convenient, mobile seat, and sympathy garnisher.

Ahchooo Sep 07, 2019 03:40 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

But Mattyboy, I doubt the driver assessed the legitimacy of the victim's wheelchair use before he hit him. So yes, I would feel more sorry for a truly handicapped victim than I would for a faker. We don't have any info on who was at fault in this incident, so we can't assign blame. I still think drivers are often less attentive than they ought to be, and even annoying people shouldn't be hit.

mattyboy Sep 06, 2019 07:59 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

It's just a fact. You do not have to read anything into it. It's unreasonable to think there should be equal empathy towards a genuinely handicapped person being hit by a car and a panhandler hit by a car while faking a handicap, irresponsibly in the roadway.

Ahchooo Sep 06, 2019 05:54 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

Yes, there was one panhandling guy, Martin, who was in a wheelchair for years, but apparently never actually needed it. Even so, it wouldn't be okay to run him over. Drivers need to be more attentive and less self-centered.

Roger Sep 06, 2019 02:39 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

I agree many do that but there are also those who like myself are not fully handicapped but cannot walk all the time, I have one of those bad backs where I have to sit and stand it hurts all the time and I feelsweak IN MY legs and back. There is a homeless guy in a wheel chair on South Milpas with short hair, black military glasses usually wears black tee shirts, jeans, has tattoos I was told he is a veteran who was wounded in the war. He has just a regular wheel chair and pushes himself around with his feet. This guy volunteered to go to war and fight for our freedom not everyone is a phony out there.

a-1571173826 Sep 06, 2019 11:12 AM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

Literally just drove down Carrillo and two separate homeless men were sitting IN the street, one right on the very tight corner of Carrillo and Chapala. Did this accident involve a transient?

a-1571173826 Sep 07, 2019 07:01 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

This was definitely placed in reply to Bosco. No idea how it ended up in some random spot: "Stop exercising so much common sense. It's out of place on this thread."

bosco Sep 06, 2019 11:28 AM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

It doesn't make it any better. However, the lack of self awareness from many of our homeless puts themselves and others at greater risk. The previous commentor has a point. My first thought was this was homeless person too. Not because it's more palatable, but because it's more likely based on the behavior I have witnessed.

a-1571173826 Sep 06, 2019 11:19 AM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

It involved a person in a wheelchair... does it matter if they are homeless or not? Does that make it any more palatable for you?

yin yang Sep 06, 2019 01:58 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

D8V, logically, that would mean every pedestrian should have a flag. I think not. I was a ped & bus rider for many years here. I'm extra careful. And I'm just a very good, careful driver.

a-1571173826 Sep 06, 2019 05:26 AM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

Flag, seriously? Drivers need to be watchful, period! Even if we have the right of way the pedestrian still loses if we run them over. I live near a high school and have to be really watchful because these kids run across the street in front of cars if they are trying to get their bus on time after school, or they will ride their bikes across against the light... Regular occurrences! I've had some near misses but am extra watchful and I haven't hit anyone.

420722 Sep 05, 2019 10:13 PM
Driver Hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair

I would love for us drivers to take more caution knowing there are pedestrians, bikes, strollers and wheelchairs abound. Based on other comments on Edhat about accidents, it’s clear that some drivers think they have the least responsibility of all which is totally false. We have to pay attention people.

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