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Man in wheelchair injured in car accident while crossing street
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 16, 2011
Early Wednesday morning, a wheelchair-bound pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck while he was crossing an intersection at Murfreesboro Road and Plus Park Boulevard in south Nashville. Unfortunately, the pickup truck driver responsible for the car accident was driving without a license or insurance.
The car-pedestrian accident occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. Witnesses told the Nashville Metro Police that they saw a pickup truck stopped at the light in a northwest lane of Murfreesboro Road. When the light changed, he surged forward, heedless of the man in the wheelchair, who was still in the process of crossing the street.
The impact of the collision threw the man from his wheelchair, and he landed about 10 feet away from where he was struck.
The victim was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, and police described his injuries as non-life-threatening. The car accident investigation required police to restrict traffic on northwest-bound Murfreesboro Road to a single lane, and traffic was not allowed to turn left onto Murfreesboro Road from Plus Park Boulevard for more than an hour. The intersection was reopened just before 8:30 a.m.
Metro police say that the driver will be charged with failing to exercise due care, driving without a license, and driving without insurance. If the wheelchair-bound man has uninsured motorist insurance for his vehicle, he may be able to obtain coverage for his injuries through that policy. The pickup truck driver could also be held financially responsible for the consequences of his negligence regardless of the fact that he was not insured.