Man in wheelchair killed in downtown Luverne crashPublished by on
LUVERNE – A pedestrian in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by a man driving a U-Haul style truck Wednesday evening in downtown Luverne.
According to information released by Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, Marv Cleppe, age 71, of Luverne, was in his wheelchair stopped at a cross walk on Main Street preparing to go east at approximately 8:50 p.m. Timothy James, age 52, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was driving the truck and stopped at a red light, preparing to turn right onto Cedar Street. When the light turned green, both men proceeded forward and the two collided.
Cleppe was transported to Sanford Luverne, where he was pronounced dead as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.
James was not distracted at the time of the crash, according to the information released by Verbrugge. The sheriff stated it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor, but toxicology tests were administered on James and will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
The incident is still under investigation.