Woman in wheelchair hit by pickup truck


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gina Maravilla and Javier Soto

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 11:29 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police are talking with the driver of a pickup truck that hit a woman in a wheelchair Monday morning.

It happened shortly after 6 a.m. at 59th and Myrtle avenues, which is about half a mile north of Glendale Avenue.

Police say a 34-year-old woman in a wheelchair was crossing 59th Avenue when a pickup truck turning left from Myrtle Avenue to 59th Avenue hit her.

"It appears that she was in a marked crosswalk at the intersection," Sgt. Jay O'Neill wrote in an email to 3TV. Police said the woman had the right of way.

The 71-year-old man behind the wheel of the truck stopped and stayed at the scene as required by law. Police say he is cooperating fully with them.

Although she was trapped under the truck, the woman's injuries reportedly are not life-threatening.

It's not clear why the driver did not see the woman, but at this point, police do not believe impairment was a factor.

A witness told 3TV's Javier Soto that he sees the woman in the area several times a day.