Woman in wheelchair fatally struck by car in Pasadena

PASADENA — A woman in an electric wheelchair died Thursday after she was struck and pinned against a wall by a car, authorities said.
The woman was believed to be a 52-year-old resident of a nearby convalescent home, police said.
The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Fair Oaks Avenue, just north of Howard Street, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Officials responded to a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a wall and found an elderly woman in an electric wheelchair pinned between the car and a wall, Derderian said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
“After hitting the pedestrian in the wheelchair, the vehicle took the pedestrian with the vehicle up a driveway and into a small retaining wall,” Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
Investigators determined the Jaguar that struck the woman swerved to avoid hitting a dark sedan that was backing out of a driveway, he said.
Officials wanted to speak with the driver of that car.
“Obviously, it’s a vehicle of interest, so we are seeking information about the driver and vehicle,” Delgado said.
A 28-year-old man who as driving the car, a Jaguar sedan, was not injured, officials added. Nothing criminal was initially suspected on his part.
The car came to rest on top of a gas meter, rupturing a gas line, officials said. Utility workers were summoned to handle the leak.
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