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Pasadena hit-and-run kills woman in wheelchair

January 28, 2011 | 12:02 pm
 

Pasadena police searched Friday for one of the drivers involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a woman in a motorized wheelchair was killed.

The 52-year-old woman, who was killed Thursday night on North Fair Oaks Avenue, lived in a nearby convalescent hospital, said Lt. Chris Russ of the Pasadena Police Department.

DeShaun Chapman, 28, of Pasadena, was arrested after he allegedly fled the scene with a child who was a passenger in his car, then returned. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Chapman was headed north on Fair Oaks at a high speed about 6:30 p.m. when a dark sedan pulled out from a private driveway onto the street, Russ said.

To avoid the car, Chapman swerved into oncoming traffic, then over-corrected onto northbound Fair Oaks and lost control of his car, which hit the woman and a retaining wall, pinning her underneath.

Police were looking for the sedan driver, who fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call (626) 744-4241.

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