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.
April 7, 2012
A driver has been charged in the January hit-and-run accident in which a woman in a wheelchair was killed after being struck by three vehicles that fled the scene. Tiffany Reeves, 29, of Elsmere, Del., surrendered to state police Friday. She was charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death and driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was released on $1,000 secured bond. Troopers say Reeves was the first driver to hit 58-year-old Edith McFarland of Wilmington, who was crossing the street in her wheelchair.
March 18, 2012 |
Training sessions at Health Partners of Philadelphia Inc. often include a brief, emotional video to instill a customer-centered service mentality at the nonprofit that provides government-paid health insurance for 160,000 people, mostly in Philadelphia. One such true-life video shows how a college senior hits her first home run, then blows out her right knee, leaving her unable to round the bases. Rules prohibited teammates from helping. Two players from the opposing softball team, moved to do what they called "the right thing," picked up their injured opponent and carried her around the bases, allowing her to touch them with her left foot, preserving her home run - and costing their team a win. For William S. George, 60, Health Partners' president and chief executive, that story, which in his words, "tugs at the heartstrings," is an example of doing the right thing no matter what it costs.
February 16, 2012 |
I'VE NEVER been more grateful for my two good feet than I was after attending yesterday's public hearing about the need for more wheelchair-accessible taxicabs. Disabled citizens spoke movingly about how scary it is to be stranded in a bad neighborhood and know that passing cabs aren't equipped to get you off the street. About the tightened eligibility requirements of SEPTA's paratransit service. About the impossibility of being wheelchair-bound in Center City, unable to get to business appointments.
February 6, 2012 |
Philadelphia's latest regulatory idea is to require the modification of all Philadelphia taxis to make them wheelchair accessible. Our taxi companies will have to retrofit existing cabs, making all 1,600 Philadelphia cabs wheelchair accessible over the next few years. While a few people will benefit, a basic analysis shows why this is wrongheaded. It spends wildly to achieve a "social" aim, while imposing onerous costs on small businesses that make it harder to grow and create jobs.