Man receives wheelchair lift assistance


Thursday, August 7th 2008, 7:13 pm
By: News 9


By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A deserving metro man is getting a lift in more ways than one. Bobby Lane received a ticket for parking in his yard to load his wheelchair. After watching his story last week on NEWS 9 a metro business and agency is making life easier for the man.

There's lot of good going on in Bobby Lane's life and yard this week. After waiting a year he can watch a community action agency make good on its promise.

"They're getting my ramp ready so I won't have to park in the yard no more," Lane said.

Lane used to have to pull his pickup truck up to his porch to load his wheelchair and at times crawl to get inside the truck. Doing so landed him a ticket from city enforcement crews. It's against city code to park a vehicle in the yard. The city code is no longer a problem for Lane.

"No more tickets for me," Lane said.

Now he can roll out the door, straight to his truck.

"It feels great, I mean wonderful," Lane said. "It's going to save my knees from a bunch of crawling."

The change isn't the only good news Lane received.

"My company strictly deals with the automotive-type lifting devices and after seeing the situation and hearing him discuss how he could not get his wheelchair out of the truck without dragging it I knew my company could help," Mike Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw donated a wheelchair lift to help Lane.

With the wheelchair lift, all Lane needs to do is hook up his wheelchair and press to activate the lift.

"Thank you very much Mr. Bradshaw for your offer, thank you very much," Lane said.

Lane said he pled not guilty to the parking violation and ended up paying $45 for the ticket. He said a city attorney has offered to help get the ticket waived and get his money back.