A man in his 90s suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a car as he crossed Hamilton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto in his motorized wheelchair.
The car, which had stopped at a red light on the corner of Bryant Street and Hamilton Avenue at 11:10 a.m., crossed into the intersection when the light turned green, hitting the man, said Palo Alto Police Officer Sean Downey.
The man complained of pain in his hip and had a bump near his left eye. He was transported to Stanford Hospital. Downey called the collision "low impact" and said he didn't know whether the driver of the car had accelerated into the man or if the driver had only released the car's brakes as the light turned. The driver cooperated with police.
The older man had been on his way to eat lunch at La Comida at Avenidas Senior Center, said Betty Schneider, a friend with whom he often ate lunch.
"A lot of us are out on the street around lunchtime, and drivers around Palo Alto do ignore crosswalks often," she said. "When you're elderly and you use a cane or a wheelchair, it takes a little longer to get across the crosswalk, and I think it's good for young drivers to remember that."