Roxanne Drayton

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Wheelchair, SUV Donated To Long Island Family Who Were Victims Of Theft

December 10, 2018 - 12:59 pm

CORAM, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island woman whose car was stolen, along with her disabled son’s wheelchair, has had those items replaced thanks to the kindness of others.

Roxanne Drayton, 60, and her family were devastated when her 2002 SUV was stolen from the driveway of their Coram home last month.

The single mother is the primary caretaker of her son, Todd, 28, who has Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, but, was left with no mode of transportation when the theft occurred.

But, thanks to one Long Island car dealership and medical center, those items have been replaced.

“This is overwhelming,” Drayton said. “I'm just so thankful to everybody that's helping me.”

Drayton went to Generation Kia in Bohemia Sunday to pick out a new SUV after she was contacted by the owner, who read about the car and wheelchair theft in Newsday.

Additionally, Shawn Tracy of H&J Medical says her son will be given a new wheelchair that will be custom made and worth thousands of dollars.

“Based on his diagnosis, and his height and his weight, everything will be modified perfectly for him.

The community of Coram also gathered together to raise thousands that will also be donated to Drayton.

“It's hard when you're alone and then people come out and help you, it’s beautiful,” Drayton said of the generosity.

The thief who made off with Drayton’s car and her son’s wheelchair is still on the run.