July 20, 2012
A Galloway Township, N.J., man was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of a man in a wheelchair who was crossing a street last week in Atlantic City, the county prosecutor said Thursday. Leo Strazzeri, 42, was charged with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident and related offenses, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. The second-degree charge carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence. Daniel Tavarez, 45, of Atlantic City, was crossing at an intersection about 9:30 p.m. on July 9 when he was fatally struck by a vehicle that sped away.
April 30, 1989 |
A Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride four years ago changed Chuck Miller's life. Before that April afternoon, Miller was an Upper Dublin High School senior who hoped to play college football at Millersville University. After that ride ended in disaster, he was in the hospital with a broken back and broken dreams. Miller spent four months in the hospital recovering and a year adapting to life without use of his legs, which are paralyzed. A three-time varsity football letter winner, a skier and baseball player, Miller found it hard to sit on the sidelines.
November 13, 2011 |
Fred Schwartz can't walk, but he can fly. He jumps out of planes to help fund research into multiple sclerosis, the neurological disease that put him in a wheelchair. "Skydiving is something I can do to raise money and awareness," Schwartz, 42, says, preparing to jump at Freefall Adventures, in Williamstown. "I want to inspire people with disabilities," adds the Burlington Township resident. Besides, he insists, stepping out of a plane at 13,500 feet while harnessed to a skydiving instructor is fun. "Your mind goes blank when you're falling out of the sky," Schwartz says.
May 5, 1996 |
When he was alive, Franklin D. Roosevelt strove mightily to keep people from seeing him in his wheelchair. Now, more than half a century after his death, he is still succeeding. A 7.5-acre memorial under construction along the banks of the Potomac will include three sculptures of the four-term president, but none will reveal his disability. In an outdoor exhibit longer than two football fields, the only mention will be one line on a wall of chronology, stating: "1921, Stricken with poliomyelitis - He never again walked unaided.
August 14, 1988 |
Totally exhausted and generally burned out from heavy Vancouver club dates with his rhythm-and-blues band in January 1987, Jim Byrnes took a month off in Mexico to let his "hair and beard grow. " Reverting to his hippie days, he had a spectacular time doing nothing. There was a message from his newly acquired theatrical agent when he returned to British Columbia with a Corona belly and a deep suntan. In essence, the agent wanted him to audition for a character known as the Lifeguard - "a long-haired '60s kind of guy in a wheelchair" - in a pilot for a television series called Wiseguy.
January 8, 1999 |
A medical doctor who continued to cling to a wheelchair nearly four years after investigators discovered his injury was faked was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for fraud after collecting nearly $100,000 in insurance and Social Security benefits. Jayen C. Shah, 46, who worked in an emergency-care clinic in Lawrenceville, was videotaped donning a wig, putting on sunglasses, and exiting a minivan without his wheelchair to pick up food at a McDonald's restaurant in July 1994.
February 10, 1993 |
Having taken his customary seat near midcourt, Jimmy Brown, sporting black Nikes and a Chicago Bulls cap, awaited the appearance of his favorite basketball player. As the Lower Merion High School gym came alive, Brown, no doubt, thought back to when he played on this same floor as a starting forward for the Aces' varsity basketball team. At the time, he was a 6-3, 180-pound athlete, a strapping 16-year-old who seemingly had the future on his side. But that was nearly seven years ago, before the accident that would take away his ability to walk and talk clearly . . . but not his passion for sports.
July 1, 2004 |
An executive whose job was to ensure that a wheelchair company complied with federal regulations was accused yesterday of defrauding Medicare and other insurers. Federal prosecutors accused Scott D. Katherine, 39, of Maple Glen, of billing for "K-14" wheelchairs when less-expensive "K-11" models were provided between April 1998 and October 2003. U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan made the charges public in an "information," a filing that often indicates a plea bargain is forthcoming.
February 24, 1995 |
Police have charged a paratransit driver with sex offenses after he allegedly disconnected the battery on the wheelchair of a woman disabled by cerebral palsy and molested his immobilized victim, the Daily News has learned. Joseph Thompson, of 17th Street near Westmoreland, North Philadelphia, a driver for Van Pool Services, Inc. (VPSI), was arrested Sunday by Sex Crimes Unit officers. Van Pool subcontracts its services through SEPTA's paratransit program. Police said Thompson attacked his victim on the evening of Jan. 20 after transporting her from the United Cerebal Palsy Association offices in Chestnut Hill to her Somerton home in Northeast Philadelphia.
July 1, 1994 |
For two weeks last year, the paralyzed 44-year-old woman lay helpless in her hospital bed, staring at the man who had put her there by shaking her head so violently he damaged her spinal cord, said the prosecutor. Portia Walker, of West Philadelphia, had feeding and breathing tubes in her throat and was unable to scream out for help when Alfonso Postell, 37, her former boyfriend, visited her each day to warn her not to tell anyone what he had done, said Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Jobes.