Terry Childs, a Marine veteran, relied on the scooter for his basic needs. Now, thanks to the Columbus Division of Police, Byers Auto Group, and the nonprofit organization Starfish Assignment, he now has a new electric scooter.
Childs was gifted the scooter Wednesday afternoon.
“I was elated,” Childs said. “I couldn’t hardly sleep last night; I was anticipating today, you know? But I didn’t know it was going to be all this, and I’m so blessed to be, to have all y’all folks out here.”
Childs said he was coming out of a store on South High Street last month when a driver tried to run him over. He escaped with minor injuries, but his scooter, his only form of transportation, was destroyed.
“He’s a veteran, I’m a veteran, so there’s kind of that bondship there,” said Columbus police officer Jeremy Smith. “That brotherhood, right, and I just felt if there’s anything I could do for him, I could try.”
Khristopher Mahr was arrested two weeks after the incident and charged with felonious assault.