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Insurance company denies coverage for World War II Veteran's electric wheelchair

Posted at 8:55 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 20:55:39-05

NAPLES, Fla. -- Only on Fox 4, A World War II veteran is out thousands after a car accident in Naples last month. The 90-year-old and his wife having to foot the bill after they say the car insurance company denied important coverage.

“Emotionally it was like being in another world, when the airbags hit, and then we had all the smoke in the car,” said Patricia Brauer-Crombie.

Patricia Crombie was driving on Collier Boulevard toward Immokalee Road with her husband Thomas when the accident took place.

“I was hoping he was alright, because he’s 90 years old, so I wasn’t sure how bad he was.”

Thomas broke six ribs and had to stay in the hospital for more than a week, “they are broken ribs, that’s all,” said Patricia Brauer-Crombie.

Although Thomas is in good spirits, he's lost a lot. His van is totaled and his 4,700 dollar electric wheelchair and lift inside the van are destroyed.

“it’s one of the newer ones out, and I feel like he deserves it, he’s done a lot,” said Patricia Brauer-Crombie.

Thomas is a World War II Veteran, a Canadian citizen enlisting when he was 15 in the American Army, serving for almost three years in Korea. He’s humble for the sacrifice he made for our country.

“I was proud to serve the American Army,” said Thomas Crombie, WWII Veteran.

Now this World War II Veteran is dealing with a surprise in his car insurance coverage, “they said I’m sorry it’s not covered,” said Brauer-Crombie.

The "it" is Thomas' expensive wheelchair. The couple had to dip into their savings to replace it. And without their van - the crombies have to pay 120-dollars for medical transport for Thomas’ doctor appointments.

“I’ve paid insurance all my life for a car, and so has he and this is what an accident you get back from it, I’m sorry it’s not covered, so later when you’re older you are going to have to suffer and loose the money,” said Patricia Brauer-Crombie.

Fox 4 reached out to the Crombie’s car insurance company but has not received a call back.

Tune into Fox 4 Morning News on Wednesday for the good in this story! How a local cub scout came to the rescue to assist emergency crews after the accident.