September 15, 2016 |
Six-year-old Elaina Dick loves to read, draw, and play catch with her dad in the front yard. But her favorite activity is driving. Perched on her father's lap in his Permobil C500 wheelchair, Elaina deftly operates the controls as the two scoot around the curves and cul-de-sacs of their Chalfont neighborhood. As a toddler, Elaina learned to walk by grabbing her father's shoes as he slowly rolled backward. Later, the chair became the mutable hub of their pretend-play: a rocket ship, a school bus, a royal coach, a tractor.
August 23, 2016 |
Andrew Acito has previous convictions for driving under the influence of intoxicants and theft, according to court records, but on Saturday he stole something that can never be replaced when, police say, he killed a homeless woman in a wheelchair while he was driving intoxicated in North Philadelphia. Instead of stopping to help the victim, police said, Acito, 29, left the scene and his vehicle struck a second pedestrian before he was captured by authorities. Acito, of Glenolden, was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, and related offenses.
August 22, 2016 |
A 29-year-old man from Glenolden, Delaware County, was arrested Saturday morning in the hit-and-run death in North Philadelphia of a 37-year-old homeless woman in a wheelchair, police said. The unidentified driver was traveling east on West Lehigh Avenue when he struck the woman in the wheelchair who was crossing Lehigh at Mascher Street at about 1:40 a.m. As he sped away in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck, he hit a second pedestrian, police said. A short time later the driver was stopped for going through a red light on East Lehigh Avenue at B Street and arrested for driving under the influence, police said.
July 7, 2016 |
A woman was arrested after allegedly spraying Mace at a SEPTA bus driver and a passenger in a wheelchair Tuesday night in the city's Olney section. The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. when a Route 47 bus was stopped in the 5600 block of North Fifth Street to allow the passenger in the wheelchair to board, said Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel 3rd. The bus driver was assisting the wheelchair rider "when a woman boarded who was very agitated because she felt the driver had passed her by in mid-block," Nestel said.
July 3, 2016 |
A purse snatcher stole about $600 from a 53-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was doing her laundry in West Philadelphia, police said Friday. About 1:15 p.m. June 24, the male suspect and a female accomplice arrived by car to the laundromat, at 5101 Walnut St., as seen on a surveillance video. After appearing to put money in a laundry machine, the accomplice left the laundromat. The man then snatched the victim's purse and fled back to the car, a light-colored sedan, where the woman was waiting.
June 23, 2016 |
January's big snowstorm had Liam Dougherty feeling trapped in his apartment. A few days after the storm he wanted to meet his fiancée for a movie at a theater on 40th and Walnut Streets, less than a mile from his apartment, but Dougherty has a neuromuscular disorder, Friedreich's ataxia, and the wheels on a scooter he sometimes uses don't handle snow well. He needed a car that could accommodate his disabilities. Finding one for a five-minute drive took two to three hours. In Philadelphia, finding a car for hire, whether it's a cab or an Uber, can be a skyscraper-size hurdle for people with disabilities.
May 13, 2016 |
#Prayfordominic FLETCHER COX does. He's been praying for Dominic since March 7, when he sent a Facebook video message: "I hope you feel better, man. We're praying for you. " The message arrived just hours before doctors operated on the Grade III anaplastic astrocytoma in Dominic's brain. It is a rare, recurring, malignant tumor that turned a 7-year-old sharpshooter into the other kid on Lenape Lane with a wheelchair. Dominic Liples' 5-year-old little brother, Ciarlo, was born with spina bifida.
May 12, 2016 |
IT GOES WITHOUT saying that if your institution is named for Benjamin Franklin, you shouldn't engage in practices that would make America's founding Everyman puke with revulsion on his buckled shoes. So shame on the Franklin Institute for demanding admissions fees for personal-care attendants who must accompany their disabled clients to the museum. And - mwah! - a big, fat kiss to U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh, who just ruled against the institute, which was sued for its nasty, petty, mean-spirited penny-pinching.
March 24, 2016 |
Ryan "Gooch" Nelson is a lucky man. At 30, the bluesy slide guitarist and his band Gooch and the Motion just signed with famed Philadelphia producer Joe Nicolo's new label, Blackbird, for a debut album ( Comin' Home ) that will have its release party at World Cafe Live on Thursday. Sure, Nelson is fortunate to have a singing style and guitar sound that's deeply reminiscent of his inspirations (Tom Waits, Duane Allman), as well as romantic and unique. But he's also a quadriplegic cancer survivor, so the act of, say, watching March Madness basketball with the windows open in his home in Woodstown, N.J., makes him feel just as lucky.
December 28, 2015 |
The limp is barely noticeable when she wears sneakers that cushion the injured nerves in her left foot. At poolside, barefoot, it is more obvious. Memories of the dreadful accident on the Georgetown University campus will never disappear entirely. But almost five years after the five-story fall that shattered her body and her hopes of college swimming stardom, Michelle Konkoly still is working to be the best she can be. In September, the Montgomery County woman expects to be in Rio de Janeiro, competing again in swimming, but this time, she will be in the Paralympic Games.