Well-known homeless man struck by car on I-393

Last modified: 1/31/2016 12:32:17 AM
A disabled man in a wheelchair sustained serious injuries Thursday night in Concord when he was hit by a car along the shoulder of Interstate 393 near the intersection with North Main Street, according to police.

Authorities said the victim, who they had yet to name, was rushed to Concord Hospital shortly after 6:15 p.m. Homeless advocates identified him as Gene Parker, a well-known figure in the city’s homeless community who outreach workers have been trying for years to house.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lane, and state and local police had that section of the interstate blocked off for several hours Thursday night. Lt. Joseph Wright of the Concord Police Department said an investigation was ongoing. He said the driver of the vehicle was unharmed. No other injuries was reported.

That shoulder is a main thoroughfare for people walking between downtown and the food shelter off South Commercial Street. It becomes especially treacherous as snow piles up during the winter, leaving little room to walk at a safe distance from traffic.

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