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Vehicle hits, injures man in wheelchair

March 28, 2012

By NATHAN GREGORY
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

A Starkville man is receiving treatment at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after being struck by a vehicle on North Montgomery Street Tuesday night.
Starkville Police Department Chief David Lindley said Bradley Hall, 30, of 905 North Montgomery St. Apartment No. 203, suffered serious injuries after the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee hit him while on the roadway in a motorized wheelchair about 200 feet north of Green Hill Drive at approximately 8 p.m. Lindley said the wheelchair is not a street-legal vehicle and it did not have a light or reflector to make Hall visible.
The accident report lists the driver as 25-year-old Amanda Brown of 940 North Jackson St.
The report’s narrative states Brown was traveling south on Montgomery Street near the Boardtown Village community when she did not see Hall in the motorized wheelchair on the side of the roadway. She told authorities once she did see Hall it was too late to avoid hitting him. The narrative reports Hall was dragged approximately 100-120 feet before coming to a stop near the Boardtown Village entrance.
Hall was transported to Oktibbeha County Hospital before being airlifted to UMMC.
The report estimated Brown was driving approximately 40 miles per hour in the 30 mile-per-hour zone. A Breathalyzer test conducted after the accident indicated she had not consumed alcohol.
Lindley said incidents such as this can be avoided by being mindful of acceptable modes of transportation on the roadways.
“It was an unfortunate incident where the individual that was injured was in the traffic lane on a public street in a non-street-legal vehicle,” Lindley said. “The motorized wheelchair was not lighted. The driver did not see the pedestrian in the wheelchair until it was too late to avoid the collision, and he’s been severely injured. We regret this happened, but we continue to warn people to comply with the rules of the road.”

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