Phoenix athlete’s wheelchair recovered in Ohio

  • July 8, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) – The family of a Paralympic track athlete says his custom-built, $5,000 wheelchair has been recovered about a week after it was stolen.

Erik Hightower’s racing chair had disappeared from a truck that was parked outside a hospital east of downtown Cincinnati. The Phoenix-area man had been visiting family in Bethel after racing in Indianapolis.

His family members tell WLWT-TV Tuesday that the chair turned up at a local shelter.

His mother Deb Hightower says the specialty chair was found along with her son’s track bag.

Erik Hightower had compared the wheelchair to a high-end bicycle that was designed for him. He had said it only would have had value to someone else if they sold it as scrap. The chair had been his for one month.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Carson after tour: Refugees don’t want to come to U.S.

Sanders wants ‘single-payer’ plan

Carolina to collect web sales taxes

Protect yourself online during the holidays

Trump brags about his lead

Online shopping reduces Black Friday turnout

Stymied by Congress, Obama tries to negotiate climate pact

Suspect in Colorado attack called recluse who left few clues

Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death

Former Va. House speaker dies