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Star Nissan owner gives SUV, offers job to amputee car-theft victim

November 16, 2010

Six months ago, Wensdae Williams lost her right leg below the knee, when it was amputated after years of painful surgeries related to a freak accident. On May 9, Williams lost her 1995 van, when it was stolen from the handicapped parking space in front of her Chicago residence.

The former steelworker had moved to the city’s Lakeview neighborhood to be closer to her doctors, but the theft stripped Williams of mobility. Cue Michael Berman, owner of The Berman Auto Group, which includes Mid-City Nissan and Mid-City Subaru-Lincoln-Mercury in Chicago; and Star Nissan in Niles.

Berman on May 21 gave Williams a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a job offer to work on his dealerships’ Internet activities, according to a report televised that day by ABC 7 Chicago.

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

Berman said: "When I called Wendy and told her I was going to [give her the SUV], she said ‘God is going to bless you.’ And I said, ‘He already has.’ "

Berman’s employees collected $1,000 to buy a gas gift card for her. An insurance agent friend is working on providing her coverage. Berman talked to Williams about hiring her after she recovers.

Chicago police said May 21 they had no leads on the stolen van.