Woman in wheelchair hit by car on Marco, hospitalized

A 77-year-old Marco Island woman was taken to a Lee County hospital in serious condition after she was hit by a car while crossing the street on her motorized wheelchair scooter Friday afternoon.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was struck just after noon in the crosswalk of North Collier Boulevard at Tigertail Court by a 2011 Lincoln driven by a 74-year-old Marco Island man, according to Marco Island police. She was airlifted to Lee Memorial Trauma Center shortly after the crash.

As of 2:30 p.m., the Marco Island Police Department still was investigating the wreck.

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RayNetherwood writes:

Sad. Speed of the car?? I walk and bike Collier all the time. People are not adhering to the speed limits, they're yakking to others, or on cell phones. Driving is serious business, it seems that gets forgotten.

ed34145 writes:

The new crosswalks are nice for pedestrians, but it is often difficult for drivers to see them, both in the one by Tigertail and especially in the one by the Marriott.....Better to go a few blocks out of your way and cross at traffic lights.

happy34145 writes:

the crosswalks on collier are a joke. someone is going to get killed, they give the pedestrian a false sense of security. The front of the Marriot is the worst

OldMarcoMan writes:

Was the Police Cruiser scratched up up badly ?

RayNetherwood writes:

Funny oldMan

happy6 writes:

they hide behind all the shrubs planted at the crosswalks then jump out when you're 20 ft from them....sign need to say "stop/look then walk"...

Pursuit writes:

A motorized unit has no place in the road unless accompanied by a standing walking guide Those unit's are very low & can dart out from behind an obstruction Sorry but that's my opinion

26yearsonmarco writes:

Happy34145 and Shadow are exactly right about the false sense of security and the over growth in the center island on Collier Blvd.

I have had my share of close encounters with pedestrains stepping out from behind bushes and signs without even looking for cars.

I have had discussions with policemen on duty in these areas, but I guess they are too busy protecting us from seroius crimes like coming to a "rolling stop" to pass it on to "Whom Ever it May Concern".

This accident should serve to wake the City up to take action, but my guess is it will become just another Swale Issue, and swept under the rug.

Throat_Yogurt writes:

pedestrians need to yield to cars. simple as that. a lot easier to stop mid-pace then slam on you brakes, slide into someone or even cause an accident.

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