Man in wheelchair killed crossing N. Lamar

Donald Norton died after he was hit by a car on North Lamar Boulevard. (TXDL)
Donald Norton died after he was hit by a car on North Lamar Boulevard. (TXDL)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was hit by a car while crossing N. Lamar Boulevard in a motorized wheelchair on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Donald Norton, 65, was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with serious injuries and died four days later. Austin police say that at around 8:00 p.m., a car was traveling northbound on Lamar when the man in the wheelchair entered his lane of traffic in the 12300 block of N. Lamar. The man was crossing the road where there was no crosswalk or intersection, and lighting was limited, police say.

The driver attempted to stop before hitting Norton, and stayed at the scene. Police say there was no indication that the driver was impaired.

In February 2015, KXAN reported that the 1.5-mile stretch of Lamar between Rundberg and Braker lanes is one of Austin’s most dangerous pedestrian areas, with long gaps without sidewalks that fail to meet ADA standards.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5789. This is Austin’s fourth traffic fatality of 2016.

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