A man in a wheelchair was hit by a commercial truck driver at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Shattuck Avenue Thursday. Credit: Paul Kealoha Blake

A commercial truck driver hit and killed a man in a wheelchair in downtown Berkeley Thursday, police said.

The Alameda County coroner’s office has identified the man as William Evans, 72, of Berkeley.

The truck was heading west on Bancroft Way toward Shattuck Avenue when Evans was hit around 11:55 a.m. He was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland and later died, Byron White, a spokesperson for the Berkeley Police Department, said.

At one point, he was stuck under the truck but remained conscious and aware after the collision, according to the Berkeley Scanner, which first reported the crash.

The driver remained at the scene, and neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected, according to White. Bancroft Way was closed to vehicle traffic while emergency personnel handled the incident.

White did not respond to Berkeleyside’s question about whether the driver received any citation.

This story was updated after publication.

Iris Kwok covers the environment for Berkeleyside through a partnership with Report for America. A former music journalist, her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, San Francisco Examiner...