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Man in wheelchair hit by Porterville waste truck

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Porterville city waste truck hit and killed a pedestrian in a wheelchair on Monday.

It happened on D street near Olive Avenue.

Police say a 73-year old man was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when the city truck hit him.

The victim had just come from a nearby laundromat where he goes every Monday morning.

"I got hysterical. It's hard enough to see an animal get hit but for a human being it was sad," witness Leticia Maldonado said.

The city employee involved in the crash is on paid administrative leave until a police investigation is complete.

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