Woman Killed on Motorized Wheelchair Identified

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The woman who was killed while riding a motorized scooter in a crosswalk in South Sacramento was identified as 68-year-old Eleanor Gonzalez by the Sacramento County Coroner's office. She is survived by three adult children.

Police believe she was trying to cross Franklin Boulevard at Mack Road at about 4 p.m. Monday when a semi truck hauling a 40-foot trailer ran her over, killing her and crushing her scooter.

Eleanor Gonzales
Eleanor Gonzales

A witness, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she saw the truck make a right hand turn from Mack Road onto Franklin Boulevard. She said the cab did not strike Gonzalez, but the trailer did. She told FOX40 that Gonzalez was standing on the sidewalk near the crosswalk fiddling with her scooter.

Police believe she was struck in the crosswalk. The trailer may have screened Gonzalez from the witness's view just before she was struck.

Former truck driver Ray Mathis said he was shocked to see the accident just after it happened. He was walking across the same street when he spoke with FOX40.

"The trailer doesn't actually follow right behind it (the cab), it'll pull in so it gets closer to the curb as it goes around," Mathis said.

It is possible that Gonzalez entered the crosswalk before the trailer finished making the turn not realizing the trailer would cut the corner more sharply.

Police say there was no indication that the driver was drinking. They say he was distraught over the accident and was cooperating with investigators. Police say it may be weeks before they sort out several versions of what witnesses saw.


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