Officers buy hit-and-run victim a new wheelchair to aid her recovery

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

HAMMOND — Jean Baikauskas was taking her wheelchair across the street near 165th Street and Calumet Avenue in Hammond, IN last September when a white Impala ran through a light and slammed into her.

At the time, Jean was using a wheelchair as she recovered from a leg injury. She was just beginning to walk again thanks to physical therapy, she says, when the hit-and-run accident dealt a blow to her recovery.

Her wheelchair was mangled in the crash, so Jean had to use a walker to get around as she went through three more months of therapy. The walker helped, but she couldn't get very far. Seeing her friend in need, Lake County dispatcher Kerri Alanza told officers about her predicament.

“It really tugged on our heart strings that one of our residents needed help and endured so much pain. We jumped on board right away and that’s what community is about,” said Michael Elkmann, President of Hammond FOP Lodge 51.

So Hammond police officers, together with FOP Lodge 51, provided Jean with a brand new wheelchair.

“They're on a limited budget like a lot of us are so this donation was fantastic,” Alanza said.

TOP VIDEO

Neighbors Respond About Old Fiesta Closing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Neighbors Respond About Old Fiesta Closing"

Shannon LaNier, A Thomas Jefferson's Descendant on CNN

Thumbnail for the video titled "Shannon LaNier, A Thomas Jefferson's Descendant on CNN"

Fauci: "We're Knee Deep In First Wave Of COVID-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "Fauci: "We're Knee Deep In First Wave Of COVID-19"

Dunkin' Donuts Closing 450 Stores

Thumbnail for the video titled "Dunkin' Donuts Closing 450 Stores"

Official sound - SWAT Robot Gains Entry

Thumbnail for the video titled "Official sound - SWAT Robot Gains Entry"

Scene - PCT4 Constable Deputy Shot

Thumbnail for the video titled "Scene - PCT4 Constable Deputy Shot"

LOCAL COVID-19 PUBLIC THREAT LEVEL

TEXAS COVID-19 CASES

Scattered storms possible

Scattered storms possible

Thumbnail for the video titled "Scattered storms possible"

Days

Hours

Minutes

Seconds

Don't Miss

Latest

More Morning Dose

Popular