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Central Fresno street blocked after wheelchair-bound woman killed in crash with SUV

A wheelchair sits in the roadway after a fatal crash Sunday night in central Fresno.
A wheelchair sits in the roadway after a fatal crash Sunday night in central Fresno. lvalenzuela@fresnobee.com

A central Fresno street was blocked Sunday evening after a collision between an SUV and a woman in a wheelchair left her dead, police said.

On Monday sheriff’s officials identified the woman as Shirley Reeder, 65, of Fresno.

The crash happened at the intersection of Fruit and Floradora avenues just after 6 p.m.

Sgt. Douglas Zavala said Reeder, a resident of Glen Agnes Elderly Housing on the southwest corner of Fruit and Floradora, was crossing the intersection while returning to her apartment when the SUV traveling south on Fruit struck her. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zavala said the driver slammed on the brakes in an effort to stop. Zavala said the driver did not appear to be speeding or under the influence.

Zavala said there did not appear to be a crosswalk where Reeder was crossing and that the area was too dark for the driver to see the victim in time to stop.

Larry Valenzuela: 559-441-6084, @larryvalwork

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