WYOMING, Mich. (July 2, 2014) — Family of a man killed while driving a motorized wheelchair has identified him as Norman Vaughn, 77.
The accident happened at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2. Investigators said Vaughn collided with a truck while attempting to cross 44th Street near Burlingame Avenue in Wyoming. Vaughn died at the scene.
The victim’s stepson said Vaughn was hit while driving his motorized wheelchair home from a doctor’s appointment, which was less than a mile from where the crash happened. He said he offered Vaughn a ride, but Vaughn declined. That was the last he heard from him.
Vaughn’s stepson referred to him as a “social butterfly” who would often drive his motorized wheelchair around town.
Mary Rood, assistant manager with Admiral Tobacco located in a strip mall near where Vaughn was killed, fought back tears after she learned about the accident. She said Vaughn was a friend who would often come into the store and talk with the workers. She said Vaughn was at the store just hours before the accident.
“He’s funny,” Rood said. “He comes in with a smile on his face and, ya know, he’d just sit there and chit-chat with us about his wife. If you were having a bad day, he made you smile.”
Aside from his sense of humor, family said Vaughn put a lot of miles on his scooter and said the tires were worn out and needed to be replaced. Vaughn’s daughter-in-law passed along a picture to FOX 17 that shows him fishing, a hobby that, family said, was among his favorites.
While Vaughn was known by friends and family as a person who enjoyed the people in his life, Rood said he often spoke about the pain of losing his late wife. “He brought her up all the time, ust saying he missed her and wanted to be with her. I don’t know, it’s weird,” Rood said about Vaughn’s death.
Investigators were on the scene of the accident for more than two hours. They collected evidence and spoke with the driver of the truck who collided with Vaughn. They’re not releasing any further information at this time.
“[He] always had a smile on his face and was always nice,” Rude said. “I’m sure gonna miss him.”