Pedestrian in Wheelchair Killed in Santa Ana Collision

Pedestrian in Wheelchair Killed in Santa Ana Collision
A silver Toyota Prius collided with a man in a wheelchair in Santa Ana, Calif., on Dec. 29, 2020. (Courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department)
Jack Bradley

A 75-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair was killed Dec. 29 after he was hit by a car while crossing the street in Santa Ana, California.

The driver of a silver Toyota Prius was traveling northbound on Euclid Street, approaching Second Street, when he collided with the man in the wheelchair at around 7:24 a.m.

Santa Ana Police Department officers, responding to a call of a man down in the roadway, arrived on the scene to find the man suffering major injuries.

“He was in critical shape,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told The Epoch Times. “They transported him to the hospital, and that’s when he died.”

Bertagna said Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) personnel also responded to the scene and attempted lifesaving measures on the victim prior to his death.

The driver of the Prius remained at the scene, cooperated with police, and was not suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Neither the victim nor the driver were identified by the police.

Bertagna said the cause of the collision remains under investigation, adding that investigators use machines to measure the skid marks at the incident site to determine the speed of the vehicle during the collision.

The intersection where the collision occurred doesn't have a light or crosswalk, and who's at fault is yet to be determined.

The Santa Ana Police Department’s Collision Investigations Unit is handling the investigation. Anyone with information about this collision is encouraged to contact Investigator N. Guijarro at (714) 245-8219 or the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Division at (714) 245-8200.