LANCASTER – A woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by a car in Lancaster Saturday night, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 7:53 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on Sierra Highway south of Avenue J-2, according to Sgt. Metten of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed that a car traveling southbound on Sierra Highway in the No. 2 lane struck a pedestrian in a motorized wheelchair that was also traveling southbound on Sierra Highway and was within the No. 2 lane, according to Metten.
The driver did not see the pedestrian until just prior to impact, and speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this collision, sheriff’s officials said.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
She had been staying at the Townhouse Motel, located about a block away from where the collision occurred, her friends said.
“I know her. This is my regular customer,” said Upali DeSilva, the motel’s general manager.
Distraught friends gathered at the collision scene said the 30-year-old woman had been in a car accident about two years ago that left her paralyzed and in a wheelchair.
Her name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, coroner’s officials said Sunday morning.
The incident remains under investigation by traffic detectives from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.