A roughly 58-year-old man in a wheelchair was struck as he crossed the street in the area of 140 Central Street downtown tonight about 10:30 p.m.
I know a few people who witnessed this and they said the guy in the wheelchair was in the middle of the street when he was struck by an SUV. The impact spun the man’s wheelchair around.
Police said the driver of the SUV is about 44-years-old.
The 58-year-old was taken to Saints with what were described as minor injuries. He remained conscious at the scene.
It’s Saturday night and accident reports don’t get filed real quickly when the city is this busy, so I’ll check back on this tomorrow to see if there were charges or citations.
It’s Saturday night, though, folks. If you’re driving downtown, keep your eyes open. People ARE going to step out in front of you.
UPDATE: I got the ages backward here. The driver was 58 and the man in the wheelchair was 43.
According to the Lowell Police report on this crash Gian-Reto Wiegner, 58, of Winchester, told police he was driving outbound on Central Street when he heard a noise and looked in his rear-view mirror to see a man in a wheelchair behind him.
Thomas Sarantakis, 43, of Lowell, told officers he was crossing the street when he drove into the side of a Toyota SUV.
The police report notes that the damage to the SUV was on the rear, driver’s side door. No charges were filed.