Vehicle collides with man in a wheelchair

Police cite poor road conditions as factor
Sunday, March 18, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A vehicle collided with a pedestrian in an electric wheelchair on Eighth Street near Hickman Avenue on Saturday morning, sending the man to the hospital for injuries to his back and legs.

William J. Eimer III, 48, was headed north in the southbound lane of Eighth Street when a white Plymouth driven by Sheri Davis struck his wheelchair, officer Mike Youtsey, of the Columbia Police Department, said.

Davis was driving southbound on Eighth Street but was unable to maneuver around Eimer because another vehicle was simultaneously driving parallel to him in the northbound lane.

“(Davis) slammed on the brakes but couldn’t stop because of the wet conditions,” Youtsey said, pointing to the slick road surface from Saturday’s light snow.

An ambulance took Eimer to University Hospital shortly after the incident, where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries to his back and legs, a police department release stated.

The collision damaged the front of Davis’ vehicle and left Eimer’s wheelchair bent with several pieces broken-off.

“I’ve seen him around thousands of times,” Youtsey said as authorities loaded the wheelchair into the back of a pickup truck to return it to Eimer’s home.

Eimer was issued a summons for driving against traffic, Sgt. Lloyd Simons, of the Columbia Police Department, said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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