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Another wheelchair pedestrian struck by vehicle

A wheelchair-bound woman is in fair condition at Oregon Health and Sciences University after she was hit by a car on Tuesday, Feb. 14, while she was crossing East Burnside Street at 160th Avenue.

The driver, Susan Wong, 79, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian, a Class B traffic violation.

The Portland Police Bureau reported at 4:32 p.m., Sharon Holmes, 58, was crossing the westbound lanes of East Burnside in her wheelchair, on a crosswalk that is marked but doesn't have signals, when Wong struck her.

Holmes suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, police reported.

Wong remained at the scene with Holmes, who was transported to OHSU.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Peter Simpson did not have the victim's or driver's home cities.

Holmes is the second wheelchair-bound pedestrian hit by a car in a less than a week.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, a car hit 58-year-old Mary R. Telford, of Gresham, as her wheelchair rolled into Northeast Division Street at an unmarked crossing.

Telford was unconscious and breathing at the scene, but died after she was transported to OHSU.

Gresham Police determined the 25-year-old driver was not at fault in the crash, so she wasn't charged in the death, said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police Department spokesman.

'Crashes like this are not common,' Simpson said in an email, 'so two in a week is somewhat of an anomaly.'




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