Thursday, January 19, 2006
That's Just Wrong: Sold Car
Getting your car towed can be an expensive mistake. But when police towed one man's vehicle to search for fingerprints from a robbery, he never thought his car would be sold without his notice. Now, he says That's Just Wrong.
WSVN--Jennifer Wright: "Winston, would you like an orange?"
Jennifer wright spends her days taking care of her brother, Winston.
Jennifer Wright: "The night my brother got shot, it totally disturbed our whole family."
Craig Stevens: "That night was October 19th. Winston - a father of two girls - was sitting in his car when someone came up and knocked on the window."
Winston Wright: "He knock again and I looked and he had a gun pointed at me and he told me to give him my money."
Unfortunately, the money Winston gave the man wasn't enough. The robber also wanted Winston's life. Shooting him four times.
Winston Wright: "I got shot in my stomach here. I got shot in my hand and down there."
Today, Winston can barely speak. He was on a respirator for three months.
The police were so desperate for clues, they had his car towed to a lot so they could check for fingerprints.
Winston Wright: "Each time she would call they would tell her the car's on hold from the police department. The cars on hold."
But the car wasn't on hold.
Even though Winston's family called consistently, the vehicle had been released by the police and sold by the towing company in late November.
Jennifer Wright: "He cried when he realized his car was stolen."
Now, they say - that's just wrong.
When a Seven News went to the towing company. The owner would not go on camera .. but showed us they sent Winston certified letters and put a notice in the newspaper.
Winston Wright: "They claimed they sent it to my sisters address where he lived."
The towing company admits no one ever signed for the letters and it did not know winston was in the hospital.
But it did follow state law. A law Winston says should be changed.
Winston Wright: "I feel like I was victimized twice."
County Commissioner Rebecca Sosa agrees.
Rebecca Sosa: "This should not happen."
She is going to strongly urge the governor and legislature to make sure people like Winston don't lose their cars.
And she won't be fighting alone. Winston and his family plan to help her make sure no other crime victim goes through this again.
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