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Benson Man's Wheelchair Hit By Car

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A man from Benson was recently listed in serious condition from the personal injuries he suffered after a car collided with his wheelchair and hurled him to the ground on September 2.

Seventy-year-old Leroy Armstrong was traveling north on Johnson street shortly after 8 a.m. when his motorized wheelchair was struck by a 1993 Buick. The impact tore his wheelchair in half and flung him through the air. Benson Police Officer Shannon Hodges estimates that he was likely thrown a distance of at least 35 feet.

Damages to the Buick, driven by 57-year-old Four Oaks resident Sharon Johnson, totaled about $1,000. Armstrong’s wheelchair was described as “totaled.”


Johnson told police that she was distracted for a moment and failed to spot Armstrong until it was too late.


Johnson was reportedly driving at the posted speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour when the wreck took place.

Armstrong, who is a double amputee, reportedly sustained a severe cut to the back of his head and a possible broken bone in the remaining portion of his left leg. He received immediate transport to WakeMed in Raleigh.

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