PEDESTRIAN IN WHEELCHAIR HIT BY CAR: MYRTLETOWN
A pedestrian in a wheel chair is hospitalized after she was hit by on-coming traffic Friday morning. The accident happened between V and Tydd streets in Myrtletown. Eureka Police say 51-year-old Heather Oparowski was crossing the street in her electric wheel chair when a car in the southbound lane hit her. Eureka police say the women was not in a cross walk when she was crossing the street. When EPD arrived on the scene Oparowski was on the ground, she was then taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
"If your outside the cross walk like in this case the pedestrian bares more responsibility to make sure there are no cars coming,” Said Eureka Police Officer Tim Jones. “Whether there's a cross walk or not if there is cars coming you cant cross the road until it is safe to do so. If there is cars coming and they have to slam their brakes, it's not safe to do so.”
Officer Jones added though that the nearest cross walk is over one-hundred feet away from where the accident happened.