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Disabled person given the squeeze

Darlene and Kerry Niska were shopping at the Capri mall in Kelowna on Friday afternoon before they came out to the parking lot to find a non-permit vehicle wedged into the confines of their single handicapped space.

The tight squeeze made it impossible for Darlene to get into her vehicle (the white SUV, pictured left).

Darlene suffers from kidney cancer that has moved to her bones. A few months ago, she was temporarily quadriplegic and restricted to a wheelchair following surgery. She is now in rehabilitation but continues to have difficulty walking, which is why she requires handicapped parking access.

This isn't the first time the Niska's have found themselves in a similar situation.

"It never really dawns on you until you're in that position yourself; until you're in need of that spot," said Darlene.

She hopes other drivers can start to respect the needs of these services for those with disabilities or restrictions.


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