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Is Motorized Wheelchair a Vehicle? Police Mull Charges in Fatal Crash

Posted Dec 3, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Florida police are weighing possible charges against a St. Petersburg man whose motorized wheelchair collided with a scooter, killing the other driver.

The charges could range from jaywalking to reckless driving, depending on whether the wheelchair is considered a motor vehicle, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Police say the man in the wheelchair, Robert Kurczaba, was crossing the street diagonally when the accident occurred.

The size of the wheelchair motor could determine the charges, according to St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz. "There's issues in there about wattage, horsepower, things like that," Puetz told the St. Petersburg Times. "Speed is also a factor."

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.

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