A man in a motorized wheelchair was struck in a crosswalk at the intersection of Davol and Central Streets Sunday morning, according to the Fall River Herald News. The Fall River pedestrian reported that he entered the crosswalk and waved at a driver who had stopped his vehicle at the intersection. The next thing he knew, he was struck by the car.
The driver of the car told police he stopped at the stop sign on Davol Street before proceeding into the intersection. He heard a loud bang and thought he’d hit the curb, not the wheelchaired pedestrian. The driver reports he never saw the man.
The accident emphasizes the dangers that people who are in wheelchairs face when they cross streets in Massachusetts. Laws in the Commonwealth require that when traffic control signals are not present at an intersection, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to pedestrians within a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians using a wheelchair, however, are usually more difficult to see from a vehicle according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation.
Fall River police issued a citation to the driver of the car for a stop sign violation according to the Herald story.