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Man in wheelchair clipped by car

Sergeant Mike Law, of the Roswell Police Department, speaks with RPD detective Michael Burkowski while a mangled wheelchair rests on the ground before them at the corner of North Union Avenue and West Ninth Street Thursday afternoon. Behind both officers, a frazzled female driver on her cellphone explains the situation to someone on the other line. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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Following an incident Thursday afternoon where a man in a wheelchair was reportedly struck by a vehicle while crossing a street, authorities say their initial investigation leads them to believe the pedestrian in a wheelchair was improperly crossing the street.

Around 2:50 p.m., first responders were dispatched to the corner of North Union Avenue and West Ninth Street in reference to an accident with injury.

An RPD officer responding to the scene said while he couldn’t comment on the extent of the man’s injuries, he said the wheelchaired man was conscious when police arrived.

According to the Roswell Police Department’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, as of Thursday evening, no charges were expected toward the woman driving the vehicle.

“Initial investigation indicates the man in the wheelchair was crossing the street improperly,” Wildermuth said. “He may end up being cited. Any injuries appeared to be minor — the vehicle basically clipped the edge of the wheelchair.”

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Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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