County forces 91-year-old woman to tear down home wheelchair ramp

County forces 91-year-old woman to tear down home wheelchair ramp
91-year-old Evelyn Strahle (Image: WJLA video screen grab)

[Ed. – Sounds like the county’s a big winner /sarc.]

Prince George’s County filed a legal case against a Laurel couple in their 90s over a wheelchair ramp in their own home. To avoid legal trouble, the elderly couple’s son tore down the ramp, trapping the woman in her own home. The county permitting department said the family had no permit to build a wheelchair ramp in front of their own home.

“I don’t want my husband trying to lift me now,” said 91 year old Evelyn Strahle.

Evelyn Strahle’s husband David is 94 years old. “Two people had to put her in a wheelchair and lift her down those steps before we had it,” said David.

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A pile of lumber is all that remains of the wheelchair ramp that gave Evelyn freedom to leave her Laurel home.

“It clips my wings. I can’t do anything,” said Evelyn.

Evelyn’s son Bob built the ramp. He’s in the construction trades. He didn’t want his parents to pay the $5,000 they priced a ramp of this size. Bob bought $1,700 of lumber and built it himself.

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