Thursday, October 25, 2018

CBSChicago: Disabled Woman’s $15,000 Van Wrongly Declared Abandoned, Sold For Scrap

[VIDEO] I'm sharing this story for everyone to be aware of this.
Leave your vehicle parked on a Chicago street for a week and it could be towed and even sold without you getting a dime. It is all part of Chicago’s Abandoned Vehicle Program. One family lost a $15,000 van with a customized wheelchair lift, then turned to CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini for help.

Stricken with polio at the age of five, and later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it is fair to say Lisandra Velez’s mother Andrea Santiago has had a tough life. Action by the City of Chicago has not helped.

“It’s just very infuriating,” said Velez. “The city to do that, with no regards to who that vehicle belonged to, is sickening. It’s absolutely sickening.”

Santiago owned a van with a $10,000 hydraulic lift for her wheelchair. It also had a handicapped placard, plates and an additional marking on the side of the van. The family parked it, legally, along their Jefferson Park neighborhood street for years. They never had any trouble.

In June, that changed. A Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation investigator slapped an Abandoned Vehicle sticker on the van – warning if not moved in seven days, it would be considered abandoned and towed.
h/t Newsalert 

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