Wheelchair operator likely to be cited after crashing into van

2014-08-08T16:55:00Z 2014-08-13T06:48:04Z Wheelchair operator likely to be cited after crashing into vanGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 08, 2014 4:55 pm  • 

A Billings woman was injured and will likely be cited after the motorized wheelchair she was operating collided with a van east of downtown on Friday afternoon.

Billings Police Department Lt. Dave Cardillo said that the crash happened at about 4 p.m. at the intersection of Third Avenue North and North 20th Street.

Witnesses told police that a van was driving westbound on Third when the woman in the wheelchair, whose name has not been released, sped through a stop sign "like she gunned it" as she headed northbound on 20th, Cardillo said.

The woman driving the van, who was not speeding, swerved to avoid a crash but could not avoid a collision, Cardillo said. It's front corner collided with the wheelchair, knocking it over.

An American Medical Response crew loaded the woman from the wheelchair into an ambulance and took her to a Billings hospital. Cardillo said her injuries did not appear life-threatening.

No citations were issued immediately after the crash but Cardillo said the woman driving the wheelchair will be cited for the crash.

The Billings Fire Department also responded.

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