Woman in Wheelchair Crossing Street Killed by Motorcycle - NBC Southern California

Woman in Wheelchair Crossing Street Killed by Motorcycle

She was 61 years old.



    Motorcycle Crash Kills Woman in Wheelchair

    Witnesses speak out after a woman was killed in a motorcycle crash while in the crosswalk. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015)

    A 61-year-old woman was killed Wednesday when a motorcyclist hit her as she crossed the street in her wheelchair in the Florence-Firestone area, officials confirmed.

    "My auntie passed away," Hector Hernandez, the victim’s nephew, said. "She was the best."

    Witnesses claimed the motorcycle was popping wheelies right before the crash, and now family members say they are stunned that the motorcyclist was not arrested.

    "I just wish someone would come forward," Hernandez said. "Justice needs to be served."

    The woman, identified as Lenore by family, was hit around 4:30 p.m. on Compton Avenue north of 70th Street, the California Highway Patrol confirmed.

    The woman in the wheelchair was using the crosswalk.

    "I don’t understand," Marinna Salo, victim’s niece, said. "The officer explained the process to me, but it still doesn’t make sense, especially now that she passed."

    Witnesses said the motorcyclist landed on top of her and dragged her down the street.

    She was taken to the hospital, but unfortunately died, CHP said.

    The 21-year-old motorcycle rider on the 2014 Yamaha was not arrested or cited in the crash.

    Residents said that cars speed down the street often.

    The speeding continued Wednesday night as family and community members set up a candlelight vigil where the woman was killed.

    "Too fast," Art Jones, a resident, said. "We need a light here."

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