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Hampton Coliseum Settles Wheelchair Accessibility Lawsuit
Posted: June 16, 2011
HAMPTON, VA (AP) The city of Hampton has agreed to improve wheelchair accessibility at the Hampton Coliseum to settle a federal lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson approved the settlement last week.

Thirty-six-year-old Ronald W. Walden of Suffolk filed the lawsuit last September. He claimed that three entrance ramps outside the city-owned coliseum are too steep for wheelchair users. The lawsuit also contended that there weren't enough handicapped parking spaces.

Walden's lawyer, Louis Mussman, tells the Daily Press that everyone is a winner with the settlement. He says Walden uses a manual wheelchair and can't handle the ramps by himself.

The improvements include a city-provided motorized cart that will shuttle wheelchair users up and down the ramps.

Hampton Deputy City Attorney Jeffry Sachs declined to comment Wednesday on the settlement.

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