Man in wheelchair fatally struck by car

December 13, 2008 1:04:06 PM PST
The Alameda County coroner's bureau has identified a 73-year-old Fremont man who died Friday night after being struck by a car while riding in his wheelchair across an intersection.

Manuel Velasquez was fatally struck at about 8:15 p.m. near the intersection of Central Avenue and Southwood Street, according to Fremont police.

A preliminary police investigation concluded that Velasquez was trying to cross Central Avenue, and after crossing the westbound lanes, he continued into the eastbound lanes, where he was struck by a Toyota Camry traveling east in the left lane of Central Avenue.

Velasquez was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel. The driver of the Toyota, a 54-year-old Fremont man, was not injured in the crash, police said. Alcohol and drugs don't appear to be a factor.

Anyone who might have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Fremont Police Department Traffic Unit at (510) 790-6800.