Judy Hale Everett was willing to wait two years for a Suburban she could drive from her chair.
On May 18, 2010, Airman First Class Chris Pinto’s main concern was passing his road test so he could ride his Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle on Italian roads. Stationed at Aviano Air Base near Venice, he’d had his motorcycle shipped over, and the day looked fine for riding. But the mountain road portion of the test course proved anything but friendly. “I’m really not sure what happened,” Pinot says. He crashed and sustained a T4 spinal cord injury.
An operation in Italy and rehab in the Tampa, Fla., VA hospital followed. Toward the end of his stay in Tampa, he practiced driving an adapted minivan. It was good enough to learn on, but he couldn’t picture himself owning one. Cars were out, too. His leg spasms made transfers too difficult.
“And then Nicole Marr from Ryno Mobility brought a demo model of their adapted Chevy Silverado pickup in to show everyone,” he says. He could drive it from his chair, get in and out fast and easy with the new RSL100 interior swing lift, have room for his girlfriend and two other passengers, toss his handcycle and other gear in the truck bed and drive a vehicle that showed no outward sign of being adapted for a wheelchair.<