Wheelchair recalling traffic death stolen in RI

AP News
|
Posted: Oct 14, 2014 9:30 AM

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wheelchair placed near a Newport, Rhode Island, intersection as a memorial to a man killed at the site in January has been stolen.

The Newport Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that Annette Bourbonniere, an advocate for disabled people, said the intersection is dangerous and the wheelchair reminds passers-by of the death of Robert Silvia at the site. The 57-year-old man was in his wheelchair when he was struck by a pickup truck in a crosswalk. He died several days later

Bourbonniere said she noticed the so-called "ghost wheelchair" in memory of Silvia was missing Saturday and reported it to police.

It had been chained to a street sign.

___

Information from: The Newport Daily News.