Man in power chair hospitalized after vehicle crash

A Merced man in a power wheelchair was hurt Friday when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street. The injuries were not life=threatening

Elroy Yokley, 61, was taken to a Modesto hospital, Merced police Sgt. Jay Struble confirmed.

“He was awake and talking to us and alert at the scene,” Struble said.

Yokley was in a crosswalk, heading south across 16th Street at K Street, when the driver of a 1999 Honda Civic pulled ahead of another car that was stopped at the intersection to let Yokley pass. Police said the Civic struck Yokley inside the crosswalk.

The driver, 18-year-old Garland Sandoval-Guzman of Merced, did not have a valid driver’s license and his vehicle was impounded, Struble said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors and no arrests are expected, Struble said.

Another man in a wheelchair was struck by a vehicle last month while crossing at G Street and Alexander Avenue.

In that case, police said the 84-year-old man in the wheelchair crossed in front of the oncoming car, also a Honda Civic, and was seriously injured. The man was also in a crosswalk, but was crossing against the traffic lights when he was struck, police said.