Dealership donates SUV to woman

May 21, 2008 3:25:45 PM PDT
Just about two weeks after her van was stolen, Wensdae Williams is behind the wheel of a new ride.Williams' 1995 van was stolen in front of her home almost two weeks ago. The loss of her car meant the loss of her freedom for the amputee.

However, the 34-year-old Lakeview resident did not give up hope. Her van has not been returned, but the owner of a Niles Nissan dealership gave her a 2002 Jeep after hearing her story.

"I can go back to living my everyday lifestyle like I did before. Going to the doctors, therapy, the grocery store, just doing simple things. Getting back out there with my dogs," said Williams.

Michael Berman is the owner The Berman Auto Group.

"When I called Wendy and told her I was going to do it, she said 'God is going to bless you.' And I said, 'He already has,'" said Berman.

Williams' right leg was amputated six months ago after years of painful surgeries related to a freak accident. The former steelworker moved to Lakeview so she could be closer to her doctors.

When her car was stolen, she was left without a way to get to those doctors- or go about any of her everyday chores. Berman not only offered her back her freedom, but also a job. Williams said she can't wait to get back into the work force.

"Hopefully we can get her back again and get her back on the road to recovery," said Berman.

"I want to go back to work. I can't get the smile off my face," said Williams. "And I can't cry because I'm just too tired from crying. This is a good day. I'm happy. And so I'm just ready to start over again. Just very thankful to Mike and all his employees."

Police have not located Williams' stolen van.


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