Man in wheelchair stable after being hit by van

Staff Report

A 71-year-old man in a wheelchair was hospitalized Monday night after being hit by a van in the 400 block of Phelps Avenue.

Police say the driver of the van, a 52-year-old Rockford woman, didn’t see the man crossing the street as she attempted to pull into a parking lot.

The victim suffered a head injury and is currently in stable condition. The injury is being treated as if it is life-threatening because of the man’s age.

No tickets were issued; excessive speed, alcohol or drugs are not suspected factors in the accident.

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