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Man in wheelchair killed while crossing street

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

A wheelchair-bound man has died after being hit by a car.

The accident happened Monday night after 9 in Georgetown as the man was crossing South Broadway near Clayton Avenue.

"Shocked, just in shock," the victim's nephew, Terry Deavers, said.

Deavers says his uncle, Joe Clark, died at UK Hospital before 3 in the morning. He said Clark lives on one side of South Broadway and owned the Ashland Oil filling station that was on the other side of South Broadway at Clayton for 40 years. He says his uncle was used to crossing that street.

According to police reports, the driver said he couldn't see the man until it was too late. The driver is not facing any charges.

Deavers thinks Clark may have been heading home on his motorized wheelchair after visiting another relative, who lives on Clayton.

"He was always up and down this street," explained long-time friend Ronnie Sidney, who knew Clark through the filling station.

"He was well-liked, respected," he continued. "If you needed gas and were a few pennies shy, he'd help you with that, too."

Clark's visitation is Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Georgetown. His Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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