Man In Wheelchair Killed While Crossing L.I. Road

WEST ISLIP, NY (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) – A wheelchair-bound man was struck and killed in West Islip Wednesday morning police said.

Nancy T. Mecca, 39, was driving a Ford Mustang east on Montauk Highway, near Milligan Lane, when her vehicle struck Gary Johnson, who was crossing the road in a motorized wheelchair, at 6:31 a.m., according to police.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from W. Islip

Johnson, 55, of Dix Hills, was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Mecca, also of West Islip, was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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  • F G

    I don’t know where you got your license from, but pedestrians ALWAYS have the right-of-way, not the other way around,especially those in wheelchairs. Maybe if drivers weren’t so distracted with cell phones,makeup,etc and actually paid attention to the road, things like this would not happen. You need to have some respect and keep your assinine comments to yourself. A life is lost and a family is grieving and you are worried about insurance costs, you are a pathetic human being!

    • riki

      HA Respect….it might turn into insurance fraud…the family will sue the driver and the insurance company will pay the fraudulent claim and jack up her rates….

      Just because he is in a wheel chair doesn’t make him automatically innocent.

      • F G

        She had hit him before he even crossed into her lane. Now tell me who’s the reckless one. She should have been driving slower and more carefully. If she was, he wouldn’t have been killed on impact. Let her insurance rates go up and let the guilt eat her alive!

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  • poet

    thats why ima put nos on my wheelchair….turbo boost baby yea

  • oh

    Ben Rightbefore, second comment got it!

  • Roy

    super fast mustang v electric wheelchair…guess who wins…very sad story……

  • CSI

    Every one jaywalks. including you. Please say no so you can be labeled a lier. From authority to pedestrians. So don’t give bull about jwalking.

    • riki

      Yes we all jaywalk at one time or another…but if you get hit it’s YOUR fault…

      And the worst are bike riders wearing all black on a black bike no reflectors or headlights at night….like I’m supposed to see you in time to stop.

  • riki


    Fair is Fair….he could have been a reckless driver in his chair….I have almost hit a few people over the many many years of driving because of dumb pedestrians jaywalking. Its just not fair to the driver to pay increased insurance rates if they are not at fault.

  • CSI

    Wow. insensitive. Well how do you know how far this person got pushed. wouldn’t you think they did use the crosswalk. How would they been able to get on the street with out the curb ramp. or maybe he didn’t. Either way i don’t think they need you smart comments in a moment like thins.

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  • VincentVanCrow

    Ted, I am assuming you are a troll. In which case I am wasting my time trying to educate you, but, here goes…. Often people without the use of their legs still wear shoes to protect their feet from injury. Atrophied tissue is more fragile than healthy tissue and can easily sustain damage, often without the individual even being aware. Any break in the skin can lead to a deadly infection. As far as your second comment goes, well, thank goodness there is only one of you and that the good men outweigh you.

    • Ted Neward

      You are right of course. I am wrong, As a renowned author and speaker, I have been humbled. I will change my views on women. However, the shoes still stand, if you will excuse the pun. The man in the wheel chair could have just simply wrapped his feet in cloth. Much like a certain type of evil, combative, group of religious people, who shall remain nameless so that I am PC about it, who wraps “textiles” around their heads.

      Then the man in the wheel chair would be call ed a “rag foot”.

  • djibril gueye

    May he rest in peace. It’s really-really sad. I feel sorry for her daughter.

  • Ben Rightbefore

    “when he was struck by a woman driving…”

    Get her off the road.

  • Riki

    I don’t see a crosswalk there?

    • riki

      and why do we assume a car hit him?

      Maybe the headline should read man in wheel chair dies after driving recklessly and slams into a car.

      A good investigator or Journalist will look at both sides evenly.

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