Future OP police chief strikes woman in wheelchair with vehicle - KCTV5

Future OP police chief strikes woman in wheelchair with vehicle in Iowa

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DAVENPORT, IA (KCTV) - The man who was named Overland Park's newest police chief was involved in an accident where he hit a woman in a wheelchair Tuesday in Iowa.

Last week the Overland Park Police Department announced that Francis "Frank" Donchez Jr. would become the city's fifth police chief in their 54-year history.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating Tuesday's crash. They say a city vehicle driven by Davenport Police Chief Donchez was driving in downtown when he stopped at an intersection and then turned into it and hit Murvine M. Meyer, who was crossing using a wheelchair and accompanied by a guide dog.

The vehicle knocked over the wheelchair. Meyer, 63, was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her forearm and released.

The guide dog wasn't injured. No citations have been issued, and the state patrol is investigating as part of the Davenport Police Department's protocol for such incidents.

Davenport police say the sun was a contributing factor.

The Overland Park Police Department's release said Donchez is set to begin his new job with the city on Monday, Oct. 20, pending final completion of a required background check.

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