December 17, 2012 |
Several years removed from his football days in South Jersey and at Lafayette College, Ed Carter rolls his wheelchair toward his pets' cage, opens the door, and plops one of his two ferrets atop his lap, gently nuzzling and kissing the one he calls Slinky. "These guys," he said, nodding at the cage that sits in a dining room that was converted into his bedroom, "have helped me get through a lot. " For Carter, 30, a man who barely escaped death four years ago, this holiday season is special.
December 7, 2012 |
ATLANTA - An elderly man opened fire on a woman after her car came into contact with his motorized wheelchair at a central Georgia service station, authorities said Wednesday. She died shortly afterward at a hospital despite the efforts of a crowd of people to aid her. Police said that Linda Hunnicutt, 65, was driving onto the gas-pump bay of the service station in Macon at about 1 p.m. Tuesday when her Buick Lucerne and the motorized wheelchair bumped. Hunnicutt stepped out of her vehicle, and the man in the motorized wheelchair pulled a handgun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.
November 30, 2012 |
HOWARD AND ANN Korsen never complain about caring for their disabled daughter, Mara. But don't get them started on what it's like to haggle with insurance companies over her care. "It's emotionally and physically draining to have a disabled child," says Howard, 60, who lives with his family in Mount Laurel, N.J. "But Mara didn't ask for this. We're her parents, and we owe her the best we can give. It only feels unfair when we deal with the insurance company. " Mara is 17, but developmentally she's practically a toddler.
September 13, 2012 |
After three hours of testimony that left even the defense attorney moved to the brink of tears, Christopher Easton, 21, a high school dropout from Northern Liberties, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of Kevin Neary, a self-employed businessman who lived in the neighborhood. Neary, 29, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was walking home Nov. 15 after a night out with friends when he was mugged on Bodine Street within view of his front door.
July 31, 2012 |
The disabled man said he had never seen the two people who showed up at his door, but allowed them to enter his apartment anyway. They proceeded to beat him, yank him out of his wheelchair; drag him "like a rag doll" from the kitchen to the living room, and make off with his 55-inch TV, an X-Box 360, and painkillers, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said this morning. They then took the cellphone from the 37-year-old unnamed victim, who has muscular dystrophy, and threw it behind a chair to keep him from calling for help.
July 30, 2012 |
A MAN in a wheelchair who was beaten in his Upper Darby apartment by two intruders who wanted his pain pills was able to record the whole horrific scene on video, according to police. "The video actually shows them dragging him in to the living room like a rag doll and just throwing him on the floor," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "It's sickening. It's outrageous. " About 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the 37-year-old victim, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, got a call from a cousin who said that he'd been in an accident and wanted to come over and "borrow" a couple of OxyContin pills, police said.
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.
July 11, 2012 |
Police are investigating the hit and run death of a man in a wheelchair in Atlantic City. The victim, Daniel Tavarez, 45, was struck about 9:30 p.m. Monday while in the crosswalk at the intersection Route 30 and Pennsylvania Avenue, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. The driver fled, but police later located the vehicle believed to have been involved in the deadly collision in Atlantic City, McClain said in a statement. Investigators have questioned the owner of the vehicle but have not filed charges as of this time.
July 7, 2012 |
Philadelphia residents and visitors who use wheelchairs have spent more than two decades waiting for cabs that can accommodate them. Now the cabs are on their way, but there might not be enough to go around. The legislature last week paved the way for wheelchair-accessible cabs by allowing the Philadelphia Parking Authority to auction 15 new medallions a year, until the total reaches 150. It's a starting point rather than an end point, the plan's proponents say. Taxi drivers object to provisions that expand the jurisdiction of the PPA, which will now have control over non-medallion cabs.
June 5, 2012 |
PUSH GIRLS. 10 p.m. Monday, Sundance Channel. Gay Rosenthal didn't set out to make TV shows about the people we don't usually see on television. It just worked out that way. The Cherry Hill West grad's recent projects have included TLC's long-running series "Little People, Big World," the Style Network's "Ruby" — about a woman who once weighed 700 pounds — and "Push Girls," a new Sundance Channel docu-series about four adventurous women who happen to be in wheelchairs.