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Pedestrian in wheelchair hit by vehicle on Plainfield Avenue

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Police are investigating a crash involving a vehicle and a person in a motorized wheelchair.

The crash happened about 1:00pm at the intersection of Plainfield Avenue NE and Rupert Street.

Police tell FOX 17 that a vehicle was turning left onto Plainfield and struck the person in the wheelchair who was crossing Plainfield in the crosswalk.

The person in the wheelchair suffered non-life threatening injuries.


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  • Trevor W. Frith

    What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers, inefficient(poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking on automatic cars. See DOT HS 811 597 and 812 058. Score to date 30,000 – 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in right foot braking on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”!
    This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods!

  • Sue

    I hope the lady riding in the wheelchair learned a valuable lesson and now has her wheelchair insured if she is going to e riding it on the roads

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