Guelph man in wheelchair who was struck by a car has died in hospital: police

Paul Bell was crossing the intersection of Edinburgh and Willow roads on May 14 when police said he was struck by a car. GoFundMe

Guelph police say a 57-year-old man who was struck by a car while in his wheelchair on May 14 has died in hospital.

Paul Bell was crossing the intersection of Edinburgh and Willow roads when police say he was struck by a car driving northbound.

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Bell was taken to hospital with several broken bones and family say he was put on life support and sedated to help with the pain.

Police announced that Bell died Monday night “from complications related to the injuries he received in the collision.”

His wife was by his side when he passed away, Bell’s family said, adding they thank those who offered their love and support.

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“We have been overwhelmed with everyone that sent positive vibes, kept Paul in their prayers, shared our GoFundMe page and donated to help with his treatment,” the family said in a post.

They also thanked the first responders and hospital staff.

Bell was well-known in the community as a popular Santa Claus who made appearances at many locations.

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The funds raised through that GoFundMe campaign were meant to help pay for medical expenses. The family said they will now be used towards funeral arrangements.

Guelph police say their investigation into the collision is still ongoing and have not commented on any charges.

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