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Car hits man using wheelchair

A man using a wheelchair was hit by a car at the intersection of Windover Road and Highland Street. (Source: WMC Action News 5) A man using a wheelchair was hit by a car at the intersection of Windover Road and Highland Street. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A bent bumper and a mangled wheelchair were visible at the scene where a man using the wheelchair was hit by a car Windover Road and Highland Street on Friday morning.

"If you try to go that way, by the time you go halfway the traffic will start and somebody will run you over," Roy Keys said.

Keys, who is legally blind, is afraid for his safety because cars often speed through the area at up to 60 miles per hour.

Officers would not say how fast the driver was going when the man was hit on Friday morning, or whether she will face charges. The woman driving told WMC Action News 5 that she is sorry for what happened and she hopes the man recovers quickly. 

The man who was hit was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

What is critical is the increase in pedestrian-involved accidents lately.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, there was a hit-and-run accident near South Parkway and Driver Street. At last check, the pedestrian was in critical condition.

"We do have an uptick in pedestrian crashes," Memphis Police Department Lieutenant Colonel Eddie Bass said. "We don't know what's bringing all this about. We're asking drivers to use additional caution when they are driving."

Keys said the city could make Windover Road and Highland Street by giving pedestrians more time to cross the street.

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