Man in Wheelchair Struck, Killed in South Bay

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Sep 25, 2011  |  Updated 1:12 PM PDT
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Man in Wheelchair Struck, Killed in South Bay

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Police in two Bay Area cities are searching for hit and run drivers responsible for killing people in wheelchairs.

The latest incident happened in Santa Clara at 1 a.m. Sunday. Police said a 67-year-old man was crossing Homestead Road at Quince Avenue when a car struck him.

Someone called 911 and reported a "person down."  Police said they found the unidentified man lying in the roadway at Homestead and Pomeroy. They say he had been dragged 300 feet from impact.

Efforts to save him failed and he died at a nearby hospital.

Santa Clara police are now trying to track down the driver. Police did not immediately release a description of the suspect vehicle, but said it likely has significant front end and/or windshield damage. 

 Anyone with information can call 408-615-4764. 

The second incident happened in Richmond on Thursday evening. The victim, 52-year-old David Cox, was crossing Esmond Ave in his wheelchair when he was struck from behind by a 2 door black older model Lexus. This car also would have front end damage, according to police.

Cox died at a nearby hospital.

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