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Man In Wheelchair Hit, Killed By Truck In Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Pa. (KDKA) - A man in a motorized wheelchair was hit and killed by a truck in Homestead Thursday morning.

"I saw all the cop cars. I saw the fire truck in the parking lot and I didn't even know what was going on," said Ashley Eads, who works nearby.

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(Photo: KDKA's Chris Hoffman)

The county says the crash happened on the 100 block of West Seventh Avenue, under the Homestead Grays Bridge. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 72-year-old Anthony Donofrio.

First responders, including a Crime Scene Investigations vehicle, responded to the scene. Yellow police tape was set up around the perimeter.

"I have never seen anything like that in a long, long time. It hurts," said Eads.

Police say the driver of the truck is middle-aged and was cooperative with police. He stayed at the scene during the investigation gave his side of what happened. Officers say he was remorseful for the loss of life.

Both the wheelchair and truck were towed from the scene.

Allegheny County detectives and collision investigators are leading the investigation.

"He can't really do anything. He's in a wheelchair. You can't move fast to get out of the way of a car coming through," said Eads.

Anyone with information on the crash is being urged to call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

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