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Wheelchair bound veteran victim of hit-and run

An Ann Arbor man, who is a U.S. Army Veteran and uses a wheelchair was struck by an SUV while crossing East Liberty Street on Wednesday. The hit and run accident took place at about three o'clock in the afternoon. The vehicle struck the wheelchair and the man's right leg and knocked him to the ground. He later sought medical treatment for his injuries.

After the collision the driver in the SUV apparently simply accelerated away. Ann Arbor law enforcement officials later identified the woman they believe to be the driver of the vehicle that struck the man. While she admitted to being in the area at the time of the crash, she claims she was not aware of striking anyone with her SUV.

According to the victim, he was crossing the street towards the Afternoon Delights restaurant. As he was about half-way across the street, with his dog just in front of him, he looked up and saw the SUV bearing down on him. He later said that he thought he would likely be killed. He claims that just before the impact he was able to look the driver right in the eye and saw that she had her cellular phone up to her ear.

In addition to being on her cell phone the victim claims that the driver was also likely distracted and honking at another car that had apparently mad an improper turn. These sorts of distractions, talking on a phone and paying attention to other cars rather than the road in front of you can lead to serious accidents and catastrophic injuries. Fortunately in this case, both the man and his dog seem to have escaped without serious injuries.

Source: AnnArbor.com "Man describes being struck by hit-and-run driver in downtown Ann Arbor," Lee Higgins, Dec. 9, 2011

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