Paralympic Athlete Says His Racing Wheelchair Was Stolen
Cincinnati, OH-There was a heartbreaking loss for an Paralympian over the weekend.
Phoenix native Erik Hightower was born with spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.
Hightower says his custom racing wheelchair was stolen from an Ohio hospital.
Hightower says the $5,000 wheelchair disappeared from a truck parked outside Anderson Hospital while he was visiting family, following a race in Indianapolis.
Now, he's just trying to get back what's so near and dear to his heart.
"I’m a Paralympic wheelchair racer. So we have events all over the U.S. All over the world,” said Hightower."I wanna keep racing I just broke a record. I wanna break more records, but without my chair I can't do that."
The athlete is praying the wheelchair is returned, and he doesn't plan on pressing any charges.
Hightower has since filed a report with the Hamilton County Sheriff's office.