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Man in wheelchair hit, killed on Portland Avenue

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2011 at 10:23 am |
November 8, 2011 10:25 am

A 40-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed Monday afternoon while trying to cross Portland Avenue just outside of Tacoma.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the man’s name.

The man wheeled onto Portland Avenue in the 7900 block about 4 p.m., Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. He wasn’t in an intersection or crosswalk.

Investigators say the man pulled into the street in front of a Jeep Cherokee and the vehicle hit the man. He was ejected from the wheelchair, Troyer said.

“The driver didn’t see him,” he said.

Paramedics took the man to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

The driver of the Cherokee, a 25-year-old man, remained at the scene. Troyer said speed, alcohol and drugs did not appear to be factors in the deadly accident.

The driver was not arrested or cited at the scene.

The investigation was continuing.

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