Woman in wheelchair dies after being hit by car
A 67-year-old woman has died from her injuries after she was hit by a car in Fredericton on Sunday afternoon while in a motorized wheelchair.
The Fredericton Police say Nerida Gleason died at approximately 7 p.m. at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
The accident happened at 1:40 p.m. on Smythe Street, near the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds.
The woman was taken to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton with serious injuries. She was then taken to the Saint John Regional Hospital where she later died.
The Fredericton Police are releasing few other details about the accident.
The police accident reconstruction crew was on the scene Sunday afternoon to investigate. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. There have been no charges laid in relation to the accident.
The driver of the car was also treated for shock after the accident.
The woman’s injuries weren't originally considered to be life threatening.
Fredericton Police Const. Rick Mooney said Gleason is the second pedestrian to be killed in an accident in a month. Mooney said the deaths are concerning police.
"Generally speaking, obviously, safety is an important consideration for both pedestrians and vehicles at intersection," he said.
Gleason's death also marks the second time a person in a motorized wheelchair has been killed in Fredericton in the past two years.
Dianne Trottier was crossing a Fredericton intersection in August 2009 when she was struck by a motorist.
Christyne Allain, the executive director of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, said anyone using a wheelchair has to be cautious, just as pedestrian would be, when crossing a street.
"So they have to aware of their surroundings, they have to look before they cross as pedestrians do. They have to follow those same rules and keep everybody safe," Allain said.
Anyone in a wheelchair, even a motorized wheelchair, is a pedestrian according to the Motor Vehicle Act and must follow the same rules as pedestrians.