Man dies after being hit by car in Newport News

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by Arrainee LeBeau, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 5:21 PM

NEWPORT NEWS-- A man hit by a car as he crossed the road with his wheelchair-bound fiancée has died.

30-year-old Brian McGuire of Irving, Texas and 25-year-old Dartania Emery of the 13000 block of Mattie Circle in Newport News were crossing Jefferson Avenue around 7:20 p.m. Saturday. Police said he was riding on the back of her electric wheelchair and were headed to the Sunoco station when an 82-year-old woman ran into them.

Emery is in fair condition the hospital being treated for broken bones, police stated.

People who live in area say people are forced to jaywalk to get to businesses of Jefferson Ave. near Fort Eustis because there are no continuous sidewalks, crosswalks or signals for pedestrians and there's a shortage of street lights along the road.

The driver of the Honda Accord hasn't been charged, but the case remains under investigation.

Karl Hoffman is driver rehabilitator with the Center for Excellence & Aging. He works with seniors to evaluate their physical and cognitive skills before they get behind the wheel.

Hoffman knows people look at age as a factor when seniors get into accidents, but he adds road environments need to be evaluated as well.

"You can have the best driver in the best car in the world, but if the road environment isn't safe, there's potential for problems," he says.

Before an accident occurs, he suggest doctors, family members or friends who notice changes in elderly drivers to encourage them to get their skills evaluated.

"People do change as they age, but it's not something we want to use as age discrimination or bias. Most people will acknowledge as we get older, sooner or later most people will out live their ability to drive," he adds.

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