Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Police identify wheelchair user run over on NY road
[photo via newsday.com]
A man run over and killed while riding his motorized wheelchair along the shoulder of a Long Island road has been identified.
Police say 51-year-old veteran Ranford Beckford was a Coram (KOR'-uhm) resident. They say he died in his hometown Sunday morning after being rammed from behind by a drunken driver who didn't bother to stop.
A 24 year old female driver, Lauren Dean, apprehended a few miles away, has pled not guilty to driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated. She told police she thought she hit a curb.
[visual description: A male police officer takes a picture of a smashed blue power chair with an American flag on the back while a female police officer appears to write down notes on a highway. A light covering of snow is visible on the sides of the road.]