Wheelchair-bound photographer injured in North Park crash

Posted at 6:05 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 21:27:52-04

NORMAL HEIGHTS, Calif. (KGTV) - A local photographer, known for her poignant pictures of pets, says she’s no longer able to work after being hit by a car on Sunday.

Tamandra Michaels said she was crossing El Cajon Boulevard in North Park in a marked crosswalk when she was hit from behind by a car making a left-hand turn.

“Just T-boned completely,” she said. “My wheel took a good hit, instead of my body. Then I slammed into the ground.”

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Her service dog, Justice, was on the other side of her and made it away uninjured.

Michaels said she didn’t break any bones, but along with scrapes and bruises, she has a lingering pain in her left shoulder.

That has compounded problems from previous shoulder and arm injuries and has made it nearly impossible for her to lift herself into her car, which has been modified for her to drive without foot pedals but does not have a ramp or lift.

She has been trying to raise funds to buy a van with a wheelchair lift for more than a year, but the need has become more urgent.

“I have to,” she said of buying a van, “if I want to keep my independence.”

Her GoFundMe page can be found here.