Car hits man in motorized wheel chair

Wheel chair operator enters intersection, even though motorist had green light.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 16, 2013


A man in a motorized wheel chair has died after being hit by a car while trying to cross the street Sunday.

The crash occurred when a 2013 Audi A3, driven by Donald Hibbard, 73, of Sandusky, was traveling south on U.S. 250, north of Strub Road in Perkins Township, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol.

Harry L. Kimberlin, 67, of Sandusky, was traveling in a motorized wheel chair east in the crosswalk of U.S. 250 at Strub Road. Kimberlin entered the intersection, even through Hibbard had a solid green light, and was struck by Hibbard's vehicle.

Kimberly was ejected from the wheel chair, troopers said. He was responsive at the scene and transported by Perkins EMS to Firelands Regional Medical Center. He later was flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he died, troopers said.

Hibbard was not injured.

The Audi sustained moderate damage to the front of the vehicle. The wheel chair sustained heavy damage. Both were towed from the scene by Perkins Towing.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Perkins Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Perkins Fire and EMS.

Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.



Rest in Peace, Mr. Kimberlin. My prayers and sympathy to both the veteran, his family and fellow residents at OVH and the driver, who never meant this to happen. Such a sad story.