Two injured after vehicle strikes motorized wheelchair in Tamworth

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Two people were transported to hospital with “major” injuries after a vehicle struck pedestrians who were riding a motorized wheelchair in Tamworth.

According to a release from the Lennox and Addington (L&A) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, police, paramedic services, and Stone Mills Township Fire and Rescue were called to the site of the collision on Wheeler Street in Tamworth between Ottawa Street and Ballantra Drive.

“When police arrived on scene, paramedic services and Stone Mills Township Fire and Rescue were already on scene treating the injured people and the road was shut down,” the OPP said. “The collision was between an SUV and a motorized wheelchair that was carrying a passenger on the back. The SUV and the wheelchair were both traveling northbound on Wheeler Street. The two injured pedestrians were transported by Paramedic Services to the hospital.”

According to the release, the male who was in the wheelchair was in life-threatening condition, and the female riding on the back of the wheelchair had major injuries.

The OPP said that there have been no charges laid as “the investigation is in the preliminary stage right now.”

The OPP Technical Investigators and Collision Reconstructionist are assisting with the ongoing investigation, according to the release. Wheeler Street is currently closed while the investigation continues.

“Investigators want to hear from anyone with doorbell, dashcam, or other video recordings, around the area along Wheeler Street where the incident happened,” the OPP stated.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where callers may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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