Woman in wheelchair hit by car, killed in Clarksville - WKRN News 2

Woman in wheelchair hit by car, killed in Clarksville

Posted: Updated: July 18, 2013 06:22 PM CDT
Courtesy: The Leaf Chronicle Courtesy: The Leaf Chronicle
Courtesy: The Leaf Chronicle Courtesy: The Leaf Chronicle
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Clarksville Police say they are early in the investigation of an accident Wednesday night that killed a 47-year-old woman confined to a wheelchair.

Ellen Hapiuk was hit by a car as she navigated her electric wheelchair near the busy intersection of Peacher's Mill Road and Providence Boulevard.

"She was in the roadway. They're still trying to determine if she was traveling in the roadway or crossing the roadway. They haven't cleared all that up yet," said Clarksville Police Sgt. Charles Gill.

Hapiuk lived in a house on Shelby Street, less than a mile away from the accident scene.

Neighbors told Nashville's News 2 she often passed their houses on the way to a store on Providence, and would sometimes stop to chat.

"She did have a reflector. One of the neighbors gave her a reflector and a little flag. So you could see her," said Ada Bryant who lives just down the street from Hapiuk's home.

The driver who hit Hapiuk, Nathaniel Crespo, told police he didn't see the woman or the wheelchair.

"He was just traveling down the road and all of a sudden his airbag went off," said Gill.

"That's really the only statement he's made so far, but like I said, he's been very cooperative with us so far."

Sgt. Gill told Nashville's News 2 investigators treat fatalities like homicides and that Crespo submitted to a blood alcohol test.

Clarksville police are awaiting the results of that test from the TBI.

Crespo has not been charged.

The investigation is ongoing.

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