More complaints against driver of motorized wheelchair surface
Norman Tuplin struck 92-year-old woman last summer, now others come forward with stories
More people are coming forward to say they believe Norman Tuplin, involved in a wheelchair collision last year in Saint John, is a danger to the public.
The double-amputee was driving his motorized vehicle in the City Market, when he struck and seriously injured 92-year-old Elinor Sheehan.
She was struck from behind and pinned to the ground, suffering broken ribs and whiplash.
She died two months later in hospice. Police investigated the accident, but it was decided there was not enough evidence to lay charges.
She has viewed video of the accident, and has questioned Tuplin's control and operation of the wheelchair around pedestrians.
That story has led others to comment about Tuplin's use of the wheelchair.
"I, too, was a victim of him," said Catherine Boudreau of Rothesay in an email. "I have called the police who say they can't do anything, that it is up to private businesses to bar him."
John Buckley commented, "Yup, I had to dodge him once in King Square, could have sworn he aimed at me at full speed, but I thought maybe he just didn't see me."
Tuplin, responding to the initial story, has apologized for running into Sheehan.
He also maintained it was an accident. "When somebody jumps out in front of you, how do you stop?"
Tuplin told CBC he's had less than a handful of accidents, and says he's never struck anyone intentionally.