Woman in wheelchair hit, killed by car

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police are trying to piece together a fatal crash involving a car and a woman in a motorized wheelchair.

It happened just west of the intersection of 34th and Georgetown Road around 12:20 pm.

A 47-year-old woman in the wheelchair died after the crash. Police have yet to release her name.

Police are calling the crash an unfortunate accident.

Preliminary, they said the victim entered 34th Street from a parking lot and was hit by a car. The area near the crash has no sidewalks or crosswalks.

She was taken to Eskanzi Health in critical condition where she later died.

Police said the driver of the car was 52-year-old Kim Howard.

24-Hour News 8 talked with one woman who deals with those types of dangers every day.

“It’s nerve wracking just sitting here waiting on the bus you know because I’m kind of nervous,” Levada Spencer.

It’s not the way Spencer prefers to travel. Wheelchair bound, she calmly waits for a bus ride to get her around town less than a few feet from cars reaching speeds she never could.

“Maybe 40 miles an hour,” she guessed as cars passed by.

That danger hits much closer to home once she learned what happened to a woman trying to live life just like her.

“That make me even more nervous,” she said.

Less than a mile away from Spencer’s bus stop, police said a driver hit a woman in a wheelchair along 34th Street.

“I’m not surprised that somebody got hit in a wheelchair because I’m seriously nervous sitting here,” she said.

So nervous, this might be the last time she picks this particular spot to wait for a ride.

“I may not even come back over on this side unless I’m riding with somebody in a car but I don’t think I’ll come back over here in my chair,” Spencer said. “I just want the bus to come so I can go home.”

Police said alcohol and speeding were not factors in the crash.

24-Hour News 8 talked with several people walking around and business owners near 34th and Georgetown Road.  Nearly all of them said pedestrians and bicyclists are known for not using the crosswalks.

They also said drivers often speed up through the intersection.

“About two months ago there was this kid, and he was crossing the street, and he got in an accident, but it’s because people don’t watch where they’re going they’re just crossing the street and random times accidents seem to happen,” said Javier Flores.

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