Driver in fatal crash is paraplegic

December 24, 2008 8:45:37 AM PST
The suspect in the weekend accident that killed a Delaware City firefighter lost the use of his legs in a 2005 shooting in Elkton, Md., and police are looking into the possibility he was using a stick to operate the gas and brake pedals in his car. Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Taye of Bear is charged with manslaughter, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Police say his car went out of control Saturday night and struck firefighter Michelle Smith and an injured motorcyclist she was assisting.

Taye's BMW was not equipped with devices that allow a person whose legs are paralyzed to drive. Police found the stick in his car after the crash. A similar stick was found in Taye's car after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident last year in Elkton that injured two women.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

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