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September 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Semi-truck hits man in wheelchair and drives away

Seattle police are investigating a hit and run accident early this morning that left a man, who is a double amputee, hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said that a detective driving an unmarked car came upon the man lying in the intersection at 12th Avenue East and East Cherry Street, about 1 a.m.  The man was seriously hurt and a semi-truck was spotted driving away, police said.

Officers stopped the truck at Broadway Avenue East and East Cherry Street and found a wheelchair lodged underneath it. The wheelchair is believed to have belonged to the 50-year-old man struck at the intersection.

Police questioned the 33-year-old truck driver and he was evaluated for any sign of drug or alcohol use. No sign of impairment was detected, and the driver was not arrested. Witt said the driver told police he did not see the man in the wheelchair.

“What was he doing to not see this man in this wheelchair,” Witt said. “It’s just not clear and it will be part of the investigation.”

Witt said that it appears several vehicles, including taxi drivers, drove past the injured man without stopping to help.

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