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Man in wheelchair killed in Fayetteville crash

Posted June 6, 2011

— A man in a motorized wheelchair was killed Monday afternoon while trying to cross Owen Drive, Fayetteville police said.

Jimmy Lee Green, 69, was trying to cross Owen Drive at Boone Trail at about 2:10 p.m. when a 2006 Mercury sedan driven by Teresa Armour, of Libeth Place in Fayetteville, hit the wheelchair, police said. The impact sent Green into the middle lane and threw his chair about 75 yards.

Southbound lanes of Owen Drive were closed for about an hour while police investigated the case.

The incident remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed, police said.

Witnesses told police that Green had a history of problematic street crossings in the area. One witness told police that he confronted Green several days ago telling him that it was very dangerous for him to be crossing so many lanes of traffic. 

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  • obx_native13 Jun 7, 2011

    "also the Nags Head/Kill Devil Hills area of the outer banks comes to mind when it comes to pedestrian right of ways being enforced." Only in crosswalks do vehicles have to stop, not on a four lane highway where there isn't one.

    While a person with a mobility impairment as defined in G.S. 20-37.5 operates a motorized wheelchair or similar vehicle not exceeding 1000 pounds gross weight in order to provide that person with the mobility of a pedestrian, that person is subject to all the laws,ordinances, regulations, rights and responsibilities which would otherwise apply to a pedestrian.

    It's so sad to lose a loved one, I am praying for his family.

  • pinball wizard Jun 6, 2011

    Sad, but a busy road is no place for a motorized wheelchair.

  • no contest Jun 6, 2011

    A wheel chair is considered a vehicle and must obey the same rules of the road just like bike should.

  • mmtlash Jun 6, 2011

    in many areas (including some in NC) if you do not yield to pedestrians you will be ticketed... alot of towns in MA were like this, if you saw someone even looking like they may cross the street you had to stop or rish getting ticketed...also the Nags Head/Kill Devil Hills area of the outer banks comes to mind when it comes to pedestrian right of ways being enforced. I always feel sorry for folks trying to cross major streets like Glenwood Ave or Capital Blvd in Raleigh...

  • rroadrunner99 Jun 6, 2011

    I would think that a person in a wheel chair would have the same right away as a pedestrian. But if you drive in North Carolina and watch most of the driver's will run over anyone walking across the street's and not even blink. It is pathetic at the driver's that don't know basic driving laws in North Carolina...which car has right of way at a 4 way stop, giving turn signal's,right turn's at red light's etc...People drive crazy and don't care, and everyone wonders why some people have road rage!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 6, 2011

    What a shame!

    They just said on tv the old fellow had a reputation for making risky crossings. Don't know if that happened in this case or not.

    Praying for those who loved him and for the lady who hit him.

  • jellybeanz Jun 6, 2011

    Wow...not a good place to cross even if you can walk with two legs....actually there is no good place to cross Owen Drive at all...way too busy!

  • jody4663 Jun 6, 2011

    So sorry for the family. Many years ago, I was on a four lane street and it was dark. A resident of a local nursing home had decided to cross the street and go to the mall. I stopped my car in the middle of the road and tried to quickly move the man out of the street. He dug in with his feet and was determined that he was not going to move. Thank you Lord for protecting us both.

  • busterbluth Jun 6, 2011

    He's walking with the Lord now. God bless all parties involved.

  • leroyw93 Jun 6, 2011

    May he R.I.P. I pray for his family.