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St. Petersburg man in motorized wheelchair in critical condition after collision

ST. PETERSBURG — An 80-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair who collided with a car remained in critical condition Wednesday at Bayfront Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jacob Gray was seriously injured Tuesday night as he crossed First Avenue N in the intersection of 11th Street N. Gray lives a block away at John Knox Apartments, a senior citizens center. He was in an unmarked crosswalk, police said.

Adam Curtis, 31, was driving a 2004 BMW westbound on First Avenue N in the north curb lane when he collided with Gray's wheelchair. Curtis dragged the wheelchair a short distance before stopping, police said.

Witnesses said the impact sent Gray 6 feet in the air. An investigation continues.

It was the second accident involving a motorized wheelchair in St. Petersburg in the past six weeks. On Dec. 8, a woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck at 16th Street and 13th Avenue S. The driver of the car that hit her left the scene.

St. Petersburg man in motorized wheelchair in critical condition after collision 01/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 10:14pm]
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