Texas Rangers are investigating the case of an Abernathy EMS vehicle that struck a handicapped man in a grocery store parking lot. And the whole thing was caught on video. Abernathy resident, James Redwine says an EMS worker parked his vehicle illegally in a handicapped space and, “he was not on an emergency call. He was hanging up campaign fliers because he`s running for mayor”.
It happened in the Lowe’s grocery store parking lot in Abernathy. That’s where Abernathy resident, James Redwine says and EMS worker parked his vehicle illegally in a handicapped space. “Blocking the handicapped access ramp and he was also parked illegally in the handicapped parking space and he was not on an emergency call. He was hanging up campaign fliers because he`s running for mayor” says Redwine. That`s what started the heated conversation that ended in what Redwine, who is handicapped, says was injury and a broken wheelchair.
“I started asking him some questions and the conversation got heated, and from there I`ll just have to let you watch the video” says Redwine. That video shows the EMS worker getting into his vehicle and Redwine holding his ground.
“Next thing I know he gunned his pickup and backed into me” says Redwine.
But the question remains, why did James have a camera? This is not the first time Redwine has run into ADA violations around the city, and he`s pretty serious about making sure those violations are recognized so he`s got the camera to capture them all. Whether this was an accident or not is still up for debate and still under investigation. For James, he just wants that worker to answer for what he did and watch where he`s parking.
“At this point, I simply have to wait and see but I don`t think it`s right that he should be held to a different standard than everyone else” says Redwine. The Texas Rangers are still investigating to try and find out exactly what happened. The Hale County District Attorney’s office is involved in the case as well and they are trying to determine whether or not this was an accident.