Truck driver cited in death of woman in wheelchair

October 12, 2011 4:37:26 AM PDT
The driver of a cement truck has been cited after an accident that killed a 60-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair.

The truck hit the woman at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 39th and Shields. Police say he apparently failed to stop at the intersection and struck Joyce Thomas as she took her dog for a walk in her motorized wheelchair.

"That was my sweetheart, we went through a lot of things together... she didn't have to go like that," said Calhoun Offord, friend.

Offord said a witness told him the driver of the truck was on his phone at the time of the accident.