Letter: Motorists’ empathy lacking

We got the wheelchair back on the sidewalk, the man wheeled away, and we also left.

Dear Editor,

Recently I was driving with my husband west on Fraser Highway and made a left onto I believe 196th Street in order to make a U-turn and go east on Fraser.

I made the turn, and was in a merging lane to get back to Fraser, when we saw a man in a motorized wheelchair, half off the sidewalk, and in danger of tipping over.

We asked if he needed help, and he said “yes.”

I realize now that we should have called police or someone to help him, but we decided to get him back on the sidewalk ourselves.

Both of us are seniors, my husband has his own health problems, with very bad knees. So, as we are trying to help, my husband fell, and I couldn’t get him up, he’s quite heavy. Luckily, a young woman was walking by, saw him fall, and helped me get him up.

We got the wheelchair back on the sidewalk, the man wheeled away, and we also left.

This whole episode probably took at least 10 minutes, and the purpose of this letter is to express my dismay, and disbelief at the number of people that drove by on Fraser and had to have seen what was happening.

Not one person stopped, or even called out if we needed help.

I want to thank that young lady that helped my husband and I, and shame on the rest of you.

Donna Martin-Tonks, Brookswood



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