Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wheelchairs & HoverRounds,... Stay Off The Road,...

A while back I complained about a hover round on Dr Hicks Blvd at 5 am. It was dark at the time and with no reflectors or lights on this machine, it is hard to see them. This person was in the left lane just as a vehicle would be. If I had been speeding that person may not have been able to make another trip in their chair.

Fast forward to this past Friday night on Cloyd Blvd. The time is 8:24 pm and it is dark. This is a busy road that leads to the back of the mall and is a short cut to many retail outlets in this area. A man in his motorized wheelchair was hit and died later as a result of a hit and run. The vehicle is a small, light colored SUV that police are still searching for.

My problem with this is why are these chairs allowed to operate on city streets? You have to have insurance and tag for anything allowed on the street. Four wheelers and golf carts aren't allowed to operate on city streets so why are these allowed to do so? If there was an ordnance stating these machines aren't allowed to operate on city streets, this man might be alive today. The reason I say might is because an ordinance doesn't mean people will obey them.


8 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard this. I wonder if the driver even knew what s/he hit. A dark street is not the place for motorized chairs...but to do it without reflectors and lights should be a must. I am not sure what a person would be thinking to be in the street like this. It is tragic...but could have been avoided.

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  2. It is tragic for sure. I'm waiting for someone to give the excuse, "He is handicapped" Well not anymore,... he's dead. Yes it could have been avoided and I don't want it to seem like I am taking up for the driver, I'm not but sometimes common sense needs to be used.

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  3. What I meant to say is "but to do it WITH reflectors and lights..." My fingers were faster than my mind tonight.

    There's not a lot of common sense these days. It usually doesn't work out well when people get comfortable being unsafe with themselves.

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  4. the motorized chairs help to give a disabled person liberty to do for themselves. But, it is just too dangerous for them to be on a busy road like this one. I personally would not feel safe walking along this road day or night. I can only imagine the desperation these people have to experience on a daily basis.
    With all this said, the person who committed this hit and run murder has to be in a desperate situation right now trying to avoid capture. It will certainly catch up with that person sooner or later.

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  5. Once again, one of the "sister" blogs has condemned the driver who was arrested in this crime as if she was Charlie Manson in high heels. Don't get me wrong, the actions after this accident cannot be defended. And yes, there probably were other factors involved in the defendant not stopping at the time. But, two wrongs don't make a right. The guy should have never been on this road and the girl should have stopped to check on what she hit. Simple as that. But the deceased put himself in a dangerous situation just like the girl who hit him did by not stopping. There were BOTH in the wrong. And this should be a warning to all motorized wheel chair operators to stay off the streets. Thank you for posting common sense, OB. It is a shame your "sister" blog throws common sense out the window when there is a chance to inflame public opinion.

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  6. Thanks for the comment. Yeah I read that blog post about the girl,... Those are some sad sad people to blog the garbage they do. But it just goes hand in hand with the type people the writers are. Thanks again.

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  7. I would consider context. The gentleman didn't mean to hurt anyone. Yes, he was desperate and the handicapped are not served well in Florence. I wish we could change that. The woman, she's not a girl, became a criminal when she left the scene. She knew she hit something big, she didn't even stop to check. How can someone be that low?

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  8. If only he had went before it got dark,...

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