Man in electric wheelchair killed crossing Slide Road

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Updated: 7/29/2013 7:38 pm
A man in an electric wheelchair was killed when he was hit by a car Sunday night, police said.

According to police, 47-year-old Louis Barber was crossing the street in the 4800 block of Slide Road just before 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Police say Barber was not in a crosswalk and did not yield the right-of-way to an oncoming car. He died at the scene.

The driver of the car, Kyle Girgus, 28, has not been charged with a crime. 
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Lisa - 7/29/2013 6:47 PM
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Regarding Mr. Liberty Seeker's statement. Individuals who are unable to walk sometimes use technology or assistive devices such as wheelchairs. Those wheelchairs are their LEGS! Maybe we should require every citizen who chooses to walk start insuring themselves in case they make a bad decesion and hurt someone or everyone should have a license to walk or ride a bike. Sounds pretty crazy huh? Well, that is about how ridiculous your statement was. I am sure there are just as many pedestrian (who use legs) auto accidents. I am a licensed insurance agent and can assure you that we have seen it all. Humans make mistakes and the man did pay the ultimate price. My heart goes out to all families involved. Accidents or fatal crashes are a part of the world we live in. We all have made bad decisions, be careful of the stones you throw one just might come back on you. Judge others and you to shall be judged. Oh, and on another note, you need to figure out what liberty means!

Liberty Seeker - 7/29/2013 9:49 AM
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I suspected that this was going to happen again. I had seen chairs used as unlicensed and uninsured automobiles on 19th street (not simply crossing the street, but being driven in a traffic lane). I understand that people have to cross a street to get from block to block. A traffic safety light was available about 600 feet to the South if this incident. I ask that pedestrians and those in wheelchairs cross at regulated intersections, and stay at the corner if your light is Red. This not only applies to the kids in school, but to adults as well. My sympathies go out to the driver of the vehicle. The accident is causing you stress because a chair, without proper illumination, is extremely difficult to see at night. Since the chair was not insured to be driven, the vehicle owner will not receive liability compensation from the chair. I ask LPD to please pull over chairs being driven on the streets. The word auto-mobile means self moving. I wonder who will issue licenses for electric or hybrid automobile chairs? I wonder where the chairs go to get inspection stickers to be lawfully driven on the streets in Texas. Who provides liability insurance for unlicensed automobile chair drivers? If this is not nipped in the bud, it will get worse, and eventually, innocent people will get killed.
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