Addison Whipple, 76, killed on electric moped wheelchair

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Addison Whipple, 76, killed on electric moped wheelchair

Postby Micronaut » Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:03 pm

"He finally got out of the doctor's and probably was going to ride the moped home"

Wheelchair User Hit, Killed
Syracuse man, 76, struck by minivan on Almond Street
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
By Diana LaMattina and Pedro Ramirez
Staff writers
A 76-year-old man in an electric wheelchair was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a minivan on Almond Street in Syracuse, city police said.

Addison Whipple, of 816 Meadowbrook Drive, Syracuse, was pronounced dead at 12:18 p.m. at University Hospital. As of Tuesday afternoon, no charges had been filed, said Lt. Joseph Cecile, speaking for Syracuse police.

Witnesses told police Whipple was in the electric wheelchair traveling north on Almond, just past East Genesee Street, about 11:30 a.m., Cecile said.

About that time, Annie Rice, 61, of 114 Warner Ave., Syracuse, was driving a black Dodge Caravan north on Almond, police said.

As the Caravan approached the 3-wheeled chair, which was moving along the right edge of the road close to the curb, the wheelchair veered left into the path of the Caravan, Cecile said. Police said it appears Whipple was trying to cross the road.

Whipple was unresponsive to medical treatment at the scene and was transported by ambulance to the hospital, Cecile said.

Whipple's wife of 53 years, Margaret, said he was on his way back from a doctor's appointment at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center when the crash happened.

"I always went with him," Margaret Whipple said. She was not able to go Tuesday because she had a doctor's appointment in a different location.

"He finally got out of the doctor's and probably was going to ride the moped home," Margaret Whipple said. She said the crash came as a shock to her, as he never rode in the road and would look for the nearest driveway to get onto the sidewalk. People in wheelchairs are considered pedestrians and should use the sidewalk for travel, police said.

Addison Whipple used the electric chair because he suffered from osteoarthritis for about 10 years, said his wife.

"It bothered him. He couldn't walk very far without getting out of breath," Margaret Whipple said.

Addison Whipple worked for 37 years at Sealtest Ice Cream's hardening room, where it was about 40 degrees below zero, Margaret Whipple said. She said he liked to fish, bowl and read.

"He had a sense of humor. It wasn't always obvious, but he could find humor in a lot of things," Margaret Whipple said.

Addison Whipple also is survived by a son, Philip. Another son, Paul, died previously.
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