Police officers block off the scene of a vehicle collision with a man crossing Kansas Avenue in a powered wheelchair. The 71-year-old man was taken to Southwest Medical Center and later transferred to a Wichita hospital for treatment of his injuries. Daily Leader photo/Jessica Crawford
• Daily Leader staff report
A man in a motorized wheelchair was struck by vehicle last night as he attempted to cross the street in the 400 block of South Kansas. The man, who was not in a designated crosswalk when he was struck, was flown to a Wichita hospital following initial treatment at Southwest Medical Center.
“On Nov. 2, at about 7:15 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the 400 block of South Kansas Avenue for a report of an injury accident,” a release from Liberal Police Captain Pat McClurg noted. “It was reported that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian on a motorized chair.
“Investigating officers found that a 71-year- old male was crossing the street in the 400 block of South Kansas,” the release continued. “The man was on a motorized chair and was not in a crosswalk. A northbound 1988 Lincoln Town Car driven by a 28-year-old male struck the man as he was crossing the street.”
The pedestrian, whose name has not been released, was transported to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County Emergency Medical Services, the release noted. He was later flown to Wichita for treatment. The driver of the Town Car was not injured.