A man in a wheelchair died Wednesday afternoon in Visalia after he was run over by a trailer pulled by a big rig truck, Visalia police said.
On Thursday, the Visalia Police Department identified the victim as James Wilhelm, 45, of Visalia.
The incident happened around 2:14 p.m. near Santa Fe Street and Sequoia Avenue, south of Highway 198. The International tractor-trailer was parked on the west side of Santa Fe Street when driver Juan Negrete, 34, of Visalia began pulling out, police said. For an unknown reason Wilhelm was sitting underneath the trailer and was struck. He suffered major head trauma and died at the scene. Negrete was not injured.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation.