Woman in wheelchair struck by van in Sumter
09/28/2013 11:25 PM
03/14/2015 7:55 AM
A woman in a wheelchair was struck by a van on Broad Street on Saturday afternoon.
The woman was apparently attempting to cross the street in front of a building in the 700 block of Broad Street across from Larkin Street when she was struck head on by a van in the northbound lane.
She was transported to Tuomey Regional Medical Center by ambulance in an unknown condition.
No update on the woman's condition was available Saturday.
Allen Andrews was driving an older-model Toyota van on Broad Street when he crashed into the woman in the roadway.
"She just pulled out right ahead of me," he said, and declined to discuss the crash further.
William Spratley was driving north on Broad shortly before the woman was struck.
"I didn't see her, but I saw all the commotion, so I pulled over," he said.
He said the woman appeared to be bleeding from the head after the crash, but she did appear to move before being loaded into the ambulance.
Spratley said he didn't know the woman but recognized her as frequently riding around that area of Broad Street in her wheelchair.
He also expressed his sympathies with Andrews after the crash.
"You don't expect somebody to get hit by a car. You just react," he said. "I feel sorry for both of them, her and him."
Sumter police are investigating the incident.
No charges had been filed in the incident as of Saturday.
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