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Man in electric wheelchair fatally struck on Tully Road in Modesto

Modesto resident Salvador Chavez, 41, was struck and killed Friday night, March 22, 2019, as he drove his electric wheelchair in part of a lane of Tully Road north of Woodrow Avenue.
Modesto resident Salvador Chavez, 41, was struck and killed Friday night, March 22, 2019, as he drove his electric wheelchair in part of a lane of Tully Road north of Woodrow Avenue. Chavez family/gofundme.com

A man in an electric wheelchair, crossing Tully Road north of Woodrow Avenue, died after being struck by a vehicle late Friday night, Modesto police report.

The crash occurred about 11 p.m. at Tully and Montclair Drive. The man, identified by his daughter as Salvador Chavez, 41, apparently had crossed west to east on Tully and was heading north in part of the lane closest to the sidewalk, police said.

A driver heading north on Tully struck the wheelchair, Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear said. Chavez was taken to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver remained on scene and is not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Bear said.

Her father had just moved to the neighborhood of Tully and Leonard roads, about two miles south of where he was struck, daughter Isabelle Chavez said. “We don’t know why he was that far out that night,” she said, adding that police told the family he didn’t have his phone or ID with him.

Her dad was a family man, with two children — her and her brother, Salvador Chavez Jr. — two stepchildren and five grandkids he adored, Chavez said. “He loved oldies,” she added. “Every family member had a connection to him through his music.”

Her dad was in a wheelchair all her live, Chavez said. He was shot and paralyzed at age 17, and she was born not long after. “He didn’t get to do a lot with me and my brother,” she added, but he was a good man who tried to help people despite being wheelchair-bound.

Chavez has established a gofundme page, “Help lay Shorty to rest.”

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