Elderly man ejected from wheelchair in traffic accident dies

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A 94-year-old man lost his life after being ejected from his wheelchair in a New Port Richey traffic crash Thursday afternoon, police say.

At 12:30 p.m., Royce Merton Shean was headed westbound across the 5100th block of US 19 in his wheelchair.

Damian Gerardo Sanchez-Rodriguez, 39, was operating a tractor-trailer in the northbound center lane of US 19.

Shean travelled into the path of the tractor-trailer. Sanchez-Rodriguez tried to avoid Shean by swerving, but Shean was hit by a tire on the trailer.

He was ejected from his wheelchair and pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges are pending, but the crash remains under investigation.

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