A stroll along a sidewalk between a wheelchair bound grandmother and her grandson became a tragic event in Mobile last week. A 45-year-old man, driving a Chevrolet Tahoe reportedly lost control of his vehicle in Mobile, Alabama last Friday. The man reportedly had a medical condition. However, police say they do not know the nature of the condition. At the time the man lost control of the Tahoe, a 65-year-old woman in a wheelchair and her 11-year-old grandson were on the sidewalk.
Police received a report of an Alabama pedestrian accident just before 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene. Upon arrival, emergency crews found that both pedestrians had been struck by the Tahoe.
The 65-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragic accident. The 11-year-old boy suffered serious, but not life threatening injuries. The boy was transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center for treatment.
Due to the undisclosed medical condition that may have caused the driver to experience a brief blackout, the 45-year-old driver was taken to Springhill Medical Center for evaluation of his condition.
No charges have been filed against the 45-year-old driver of the Chevy Tahoe. Traffic homicide detectives from the Mobile Police Department continue to investigate the accident. Roughly 5000 Americans are killed in pedestrian accidents annually, with around 64,000 more sustaining personal injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Source: Press-Register, "Chevy Tahoe leaves road, hits and kills Mobile woman in wheelchair; boy also hit," 15 Jan 2011