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Apr 7, 2016 12:05 AM

Friendly Kitchen agrees to clear ice, snow off sidewalk where man was hit by car


CONCORD - After a man in a wheelchair was hit by a car on a sidewalk along Interstate 393 and later died, a soup kitchen has agreed to clear off snow and ice for the rest of the spring season.

According to the Concord Monitor, the Friendly Kitchen on South Commercial Street in Concord has agreed to clear off snow and ice from the sidewalk where 52-year-old Gene Parker was hit by a car in his wheelchair.

READ: Gene Parker, who was hit by a car in his wheelchair, has died at Concord Hospital

The sidewalk often acts as a pathway for the homeless to the Friendly kitchen and is said to be dangerous in the winter when it goes unplowed. But, after Monday's latest snowfall, the sidewalk was dotted with salt crystals but passable thanks to the soup kitchen.

Once Friendly Kitchen's temporary commitment ends at the end of June, it’s unclear who will remove snow along the well-traveled sidewalk next winter.

Concord City Manager Tom Aspell said the future of the sidewalk is in the hands of the Friendly Kitchen and the state, and there are no plans for the city to participate in discussions about future sidewalk maintenance.

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