LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD is investigating after a man on a motorized wheelchair was hit and killed by a truck.

It happened just before 2 p.m. on Manslick Road near Manslick Court, not far from Crums Lane.

“It was just like a big boom sound,” described Denise Gibson, who lives next to the scene.

When Gibson saw the wheelchair in the road, she says she knew who had been hit.

“I’d call him Old Man or Pops. He’d call me Old Lady,” Gibson said. “He was just the sweetest thing.”

The Jefferson County Coroner's office has identified the man as 81-year-old Melvin Kamber.

Friends say the elderly victim was on his way home to American Village, an independent living facility on the other side of Manslick Road.

According to LMPD, witnesses told officers the victim had crossed the busy road against the light. Police say he was hit by a pickup truck and died at the scene of multiple blunt force injuries. 

“As a result of that collision, the person on the hover round received fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead on the scene,” said LMPD spokesperson, Dwight Mitchell.

Friends say the Kamber was well known at American Village. They say he always wore a white t-shirt, khakis, and a smile.

“He would be there to push the button, open the door for you, or if you had a bunch of groceries, he would let you in that way. Pretty good man,” said the victim’s neighbor, Scott Compton.

Compton uses the same make and model of motorized wheelchair. He says crossing Manslick Road on it can be a challenge.

“We can’t even get across it and you get halfway across, then it tells you to stop. Then, you’re stuck out in the middle of the road, and you’re gonna get hit. We need to probably double the time, especially with the people in chairs,” said Compton.

“You’re surrounded by a daycare, an old folks home, all these apartments with all these kids,” said Gibson. “These kids and old folks cannot cross this street as quick as me or you.”

Funeral arrangements will be made at Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway.

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