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Woman in wheelchair suddenly rolls out into traffic and is fatally struck, police say

A wheelchair remains overturned on the westbound lane of McKinley Avenue on the evening of Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Police say a woman was fatally struck by a car as she tried to cross the street in Fresno, CA.
A wheelchair remains overturned on the westbound lane of McKinley Avenue on the evening of Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Police say a woman was fatally struck by a car as she tried to cross the street in Fresno, CA. The Fresno Bee

A woman in a wheelchair was killed Friday evening after she suddenly rolled out into traffic in east-central Fresno, according to police.

The woman was trying to cross McKinley Avenue at Winery Avenue around 6:30 p.m. when she rolled out into the westbound lanes and was hit by a car. She was not in a crosswalk, Lt. Bill Dooley said.

The woman, who was in her early 50s, was conscious when paramedics arrived but died shortly after at Community Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and was cooperative with police. He was not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Dooley said.

The intersection, located four blocks from Fresno Yosemite International Airport, was expected to be closed for several hours.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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