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Woman, 78, dies of injuries sustained in wheelchair van

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A 78-year-old city woman is dead after sustaining injuries in a licensed wheelchair service van.

Nancy Sikorski died on Sunday. The incident occurred June 27.

City police and the province's chief medical examiner's office are investigating.

"It's really a shame. I feel very badly for the family," said Joan Wilson, secretary of the Manitoba Taxicab Board, which regulates Winnipeg's taxi industry

Wilson said the taxicab board does not have a lot of information about the incident at this time. She said it would be conducting its own investigation.

Wilson said the van was not involved in a collision.

"It wasn't an accident. He (the driver) made a hard stop at a red light or something," Wilson said.

A radio station, quoting unnamed sources, reported Thursday that Sikorski was not strapped into her wheelchair and went flying when the driver slammed on the brakes.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2012 A8

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