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Man dies after motorised wheelchair hit

2012-03-04 22:41

Cape Town - A disabled man was killed on Sunday on the N7 highway near Goodwood, Cape Town, paramedics said.

Around 03:00, paramedics were flagged down by bystanders, said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

They had come across a man lying in the middle of the road, on the white line separating the dual carriageway.

He was in his late 50s and had been travelling over the N7 bridge in Goodwood on his wheelchair when the accident happened, she said.

He was knocked by a car and was flung from his wheelchair which was found a short distance away. The man's injuries were too severe for paramedics to be able to help him. He was declared dead on the scene.

The man regularly travelled along the highway in his motorised wheelchair, Jackson said.

Comments
  • Ben - 2012-03-05 07:44

    What was a disabled person doing 3 o clock in the morning on a bridge driving down a national road?! There are rules of the road, and one of them I am sure prohibits a motorized wheelchair from using a national road (not being roadworthy and all). When will people realize that the rules of the road are there to PROTECT them!

      sadiemy - 2012-03-05 07:56

      Maybe the bloody taxi drivers refused to take him.

      Martin - 2012-03-05 07:57

      exactly, its the deceased mans fault...i was taught to stay off the highway when i was in grade 1, to this day 25yrs later i will mission for a bridge if necessary, i have never set foot on a highway and never will. its not that difficult seriously..

      Paul - 2012-03-05 08:46

      at a boy ben sprout the rules of the road... shout out to ben ...yayyyyyy . my condolenses to the family at this most trying time may the lord bless you and keep you.i am however not at all suprised that the man used the highway as i am a disable electric wheelchair user and more often than not ( about 90 % of the time am forced to use roads that are dangerous as the goverment of south africa has put as much time into the provision of safe travel for the dissabled as they have into the protection of the stetse fly i live i a area that has wonderful pathwaysinfron of my home leading every where to shopping centres garages pubs etc but i have to use the roads because every 100 or so meters these paths cross a road with no way for me to get down the pavement across the road and onto the path across the road i also know the intersection where this man was killed if you live in thornton and want to go to the shops in goodwood there is no other way of getting there unless you can scale the walls into the graveyards to get to the crossing at the intersection so ben if your not disabled and have never had to rely on your electric wheelchair that has brake lights etc .....shut up there are thousands op people stuck because this goverment is more interested about who sang what song who has what in whos trust acc and how they are going to celebrate their birthdays

      Russel - 2012-03-05 10:12

      Ben you are a total chop! Have you ever taken the time to see if there is wheelchair access at the scene of the accident, or anywhere else in SA while we are on the topic? Its bloody limited that I will tell you and you, evidently able bodied as the buff charna profile pic shows, have the stones to blame the wheelchair driver. You and Martin both need to think a bit and realise SA is still 3rd world. South Africa is still a place where lesbians are 'correctively raped' (suppose you will blame that one on the female?) and where wheelchair access is by no means given a second thought (proven by your thoughtless comment)...Martin have you ever been confined to a wheelchair? Take your 25yrs later comment and mission off a cliff...

      aspruyt - 2012-03-05 11:43

      No matter how much you try blame the governments failure to provide accessibility standards to the disabled etc. the facts are his actions were illegal and caused his death and put others at risk in the process. Electric wheel chairs are not meant to be on the open road simple as that. My condolences to the family.

      Debbi - 2012-03-05 14:02

      @Paul, well said! I know the struggles that you have to deal with every day and I take my hat off to those disabled people who want to and try to live independently, as difficult as it may be. Paul, check out these awesome options: http://www.wheelchairdriver.com/off-road-powerchair.htm. I know that the cost is prohibitive but perhaps someone could sponsor you one so that you don't have to take your life into your hands each day.

  • Vuks01 - 2012-03-05 08:10

    Strength to his family in this dark hour. Most of the people confined in wheelchairs like their independence which sometimes is to their detriment.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-05 08:37

      Sad thing some idiots won't see it in that light ... and those roads are well lit, should have seen him .. more likely a drunk driver.

  • Marz Smith - 2012-03-05 09:20

    many times i have noticed people in wheel chairs in busy roads sometimes in the middie of the road. I feel sorry for these people but using a wheel chair on a busy road is looking for trouble especially at night with no reflectors

      Janice - 2012-03-05 13:11

      And surely not at 3AM??? Unless the report is incorrect.

  • Marz Smith - 2012-03-05 09:27

    many times i have noticed people in wheel chairs in busy roads sometimes in the middie of the road. I feel sorry for these people but using a wheel chair on a busy road is looking for trouble especially at night with no reflectors

  • Gerald - 2012-03-05 11:07

    Shame, wat was his name?

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-03-05 12:29

    @Russell - unfortunately there is no wheelchair access on that road. I live in the area and I've seen that poor man travelling all over our area with the freedom that the motorised wheelchair bought him. He had a little stick at the back with a triangle on that stuck out quite far above him.... as to what he was doing on that road at that time of the morning - I can only guess that he was enjoying the freedom of not being confined to bed and home. Maybe a visit to the Grandwest Casino perked his spirits up. RIP and I hope that all here that think to criticize without walking a mile in his shoes are ashamed for the condemnation without understanding.

  • Kungfumouse - 2012-03-05 13:12

    This counts for the people riding scooters with a small engine capacity, the same will happen to them eventually.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-06 09:58

    There are 2 disabled people I often see crossing on the Lansdowne bridge going over the M5 highway. One drives an electric wheelchair and the other a 3 wheel bicycle. If you see the utter determination on their faces one cannot help but become inspired by their attitude despite their disabilities. I immediately ask myself - what excuse do I have then?

      Debbi - 2012-03-06 11:25

      Wish I could "like" your comment a million times!

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