Woman in wheelchair dies after being struck in parking lot

Woman in wheelchair dies after being struck in parking lot

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Police say the driver of the Jeep Cherokee got his foot stuck on the accelerator and struck a woman in a wheelchair.

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 11:26 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH-- An elderly woman has died after being struck by a vehicle in the the Providence Square Shopping Center on Christmas Eve.

Police say 74-year-old Dalisay Mariano Francisco, who was in a wheelchair, was being assisted by her husband when the crash occurred.

Police say the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was backing out of a parking space when his foot became entangled in the accelerator.  This caused the truck to lurch forward, hitting the couple and trapping them between two vehicles. 

Both victims were transported to the hospital where Dalisay Francisco later died.  The husband was treated and released.

The case remains under investigation.

The case will be screened by the Commonwealth's Attorney to determine whether charges will be placed, said police.

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