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State Patrol investigating accident involving Davenport Police Chief and woman in wheelchair

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The Iowa State Patrol  was looking into an accident involving Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez and a woman in a wheelchair.

An ISP spokesperson out of Stockton, Iowa called it “a minor traffic collision” with a person crossing the street in a wheelchair and the chief.

It happened at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, September 22, 2014, near 5th and Harrison streets according to a statement on the city’s website.  A wheelchair-bound woman, accompanied by a guide dog, was westbound crossing Harrison when Chief Donchez’s vehicle turned a corner and struck the wheelchair.

The woman was knocked out of her wheelchair and suffered minor scrapes, the ISP spokesperson said.  Her injuries were to her forearm according to the city’s statement.  The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital for observation, and the city statement said she was treated and later released.

The dog was not hurt, the city statement said.

The ISP spokesperson says it appeared glare from the sun was a factor in the accident.

ISP was assigned the case as a protocol formality.




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