A man crossing at 12th and Cherry in his wheelchair was struck by a semi-truck early Friday morning and sent to the hospital with significant injuries, according to the SPD brief on the incident. Police say they stopped the truck driving away from the 1a collision and found the man’s wheelchair wedged beneath the truck. Police say the investigation into the incident continues but the driver showed no signs of impairment at the scene and was not arrested.
Semi truck strikes man in wheel chair
Just shortly after 1:00 a.m. this morning an unmarked SPD detective unit onviewed an adult male double amputee lying in the intersection of 12 Av/E Cherry St. (previous condition, not a result of this collision) At the same time, they noticed a semi truck travelling west on E. Cherry St away from the male.
The detectives stopped the semi truck at Broadway Av/E Cherry St and located a wheelchair underneath the front portion of the semi truck. It is believed the male in the wheelchair was crossing north to south in the marked crosswalk at 12 Av/E Cherry St and was struck by the semi truck.
The 50-year-old male pedestrian was treated on scene by Seattle Fire Department and transported to Harborview Medical Center via Medics with substantial injuries.
The 33-year-old male truck driver was evaluated on scene by a Drug Recognition Expert unit, no signs of impairment were detected.
Traffic Collision Investigators responded and processed the scene. The investigation continues.