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Man in electric wheelchair dies after hit-and-run; suspected driver arrested

The scene of a hit-and-run shortly after man in wheelchair is struck

At 11:35 p.m. on June 30, 2018, a man was struck by a car in a hit and run crash while he was trying to cross Broadway at Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento.
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At 11:35 p.m. on June 30, 2018, a man was struck by a car in a hit and run crash while he was trying to cross Broadway at Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento.

A hit-and-run left a man dead over the weekend when he was hit while trying to cross the street in his wheelchair, Sacramento police said.

At 11:35 p.m. Saturday, a man in his 60s was crossing Broadway in his electric wheelchair when the driver, traveling northbound on Stockton Boulevard, hit the man, said Sgt. Vance Chandler, Sacramento Police Department spokesman. The victim was within the crosswalk when he was hit, he said.

The driver fled the scene and the man was taken to a local hospital for serious injuries, Chandler said.

He died later that night, he said.

Motor Collision Investigators worked to track down the suspected driver, Eric Avelar, 45, using license plate recognition technology and officers arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Chandler said. Avelar was booked into the Sacramento County jail Saturday.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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