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Man in wheelchair struck, killed by vehicle on Dequindre Road in Madison Heights

Man dies from injuries

Warren Earl Johnson was killed when he was struck by a vehicle July 24, 2017 on Dequindre Road in Madison Heights. (WDIV)
Warren Earl Johnson was killed when he was struck by a vehicle July 24, 2017 on Dequindre Road in Madison Heights. (WDIV)

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – A man on a motorized wheelchair was struck by a vehicle Monday morning on Dequindre Road in Madison Heights. 

The man was struck on Dequindre Road between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads. He was seriously injured and taken right to nearby St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He has died from his injuries. 

The driver of the SUV which struck the man stopped at the scene. 

The stretch of Dequindre Road is expected to be closed for hours as police have it blocked off in both directions.  

Police: Man fell off wheelchair

Police said the man had been driving the motorized wheelchair on the road about 4:56 a.m. He fell off the wheelchair and was struck by the vehicle.

From the Madison Heights Police Department: 

"Prior to the accident, the victim was operating a motorized scooter in the roadway southbound on Dequindre in the curb lane and fell off the scooter further into the roadway. A vehicle traveling southbound on Dequindre did not see the victim and struck him. The driver of the striking vehicle stopped at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. The victim is described as an African American male approximately 59 years old, and MHPD investigators are still actively working on identifying him."

Victim identified

Police have identified the victim as Warren Earl Johnson. Johnson had borrowed the motorized wheelchair from a friend, police said. It did not have any lights or reflectors. Johnson was driving it because he had suffered a leg injury. 

Nurse witnessed incident, attended to man

A nurse from nearby St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital witnessed the incident and called 911. First responders arrived to find the nurse attending to the man in the roadway. 

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