Merced police: 84-year-old man in wheelchair expected to survive injuries after being hit by car

January 30, 2014 

— An 84-year-old wheelchair-bound man who was struck by a car on G Street is expected to survive, Merced police reported.

Sgt. Jay Struble said the man, identified as Angelo Martinez of Merced, remains in critical condition at a regional hospital.

The crash was reported at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday on G Street at East Alexander Avenue.

June Balanon, 74, of Merced, was driving a silver 2005 Honda Accord southbound on G Street near Alexander Avenue, approaching a green light. For unknown reasons Martinez crossed into Balanon’s path in his electric wheelchair, Struble said.

Witnesses said Martinez had been stopped near the center median of G Street, waiting to cross in a westbound direction. Martinez moved his electric wheelchair traveling westbound in the cross walk, in front of Balanon. Struble said Balanon applied her brakes, but was unable to avoid the collision. Struble said the “Don’t Walk” sign was lighted on the crosswalk when Martinez was trying to cross.

Balanon stopped her car immediately after the crash, Struble said. Martinez was taken to the hospital with major injuries.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Anyone with additional information about the crash can call Sgt. Struble (209) 385-4739 or the department’s automated tipline at (209) 385-4725.

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