November 1, 2010 – Julio Andrade, 54, from New Bedford, Massachusetts has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained when he was struck by a van while trying to cross an intersection in his wheelchair. The driver’s identity has yet to be released. Apparently, after the van hit Andrade his wheelchair was pinned underneath the vehicle and he was dragged for a distance. The accident occurred on Friday at around 3:45 p.m. while Andrade was attempting to cross the intersection of Route 6 and Pleasant Street in New Bedford.
Andrade was transported from the scene to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. Apparently, emergency officials did not consider Andrade’s injuries to be life threatening at the scene. However, Andrade was transferred by a medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center where he unfortunately passed away at around 11:00 p.m. on Friday night.
According to his family members, Andrade was traveling back home after visiting his brother’s home in downtown New Bedford and the route was one he took daily. Andrade was active in his community and very outgoing. Andrade was one of 11 siblings and had four children of his own.
The family has indicated that they will press charges against the driver of the van, if the police do not. The accident remains under investigation.