SAN JOSE -- A man in a motorized wheelchair apparently rolling into oncoming traffic on Monterey Road was hit head-on by a truck and killed Friday evening, police said.
The collision occurred around 7 p.m. near Phelan Avenue after the victim, described as a man in his 40s, was seen traveling against southbound traffic. The man, whose identity had not been released as of Saturday afternoon, died at the scene.
San Jose police Lt. Jason Dwyer said the man was not near a crosswalk, and in the lane next to a concrete median dividing the roadway that the wheelchair could not have crossed over.
"That's the question, what was he doing in the roadway?" Dwyer said.
The truck that hit him was a panel-wagon style pickup that was pulling a trailer. Dwyer said there was no reason to believe the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
"Based on evidence at the scene, you can see that the truck swerved to try to avoid hitting the man," Dwyer said.
The death marked the city's 41st fatal traffic collision of the year and the 26th involving a pedestrian or bicyclist, the highest number in more than a decade.
Staff writer Robert Salonga contributed to this report. Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.