Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/16/2013 4:00 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-091415

Date: Wednesday, 10/16/2013

Time: 3:44 PM

Location: 650 East Laurel Drive (East Laurel Shopping Center)

Hannibal Batistiana, age 30, was confined to an electric wheelchair for health reasons. He was driving his wheelchair through the parking lot of the East Laurel Shopping Center when a white pickup backed out of a parking spot and knocked him over. The white pickup fled the scene. Batistiana suffered a broken arm and a broken leg and was transported to SVMH. On October 4th, Batistiana died of complications brought about by the motor vehicle vs. wheelchair collision. Video of the collision was obtained from surrounding businesses. The investigation continues as investigators are examing the video. This is the 6th fatal collision in Salinas this year. The last three collisions have been vehicle vs. ped collisions.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

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