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Man in 60s suffers fractures after being run over by mobility scooter

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

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A MAN in his 60s has suffered suspected hip and shoulder fractures after a mobility scooter knocked him over, police said.

A 57-year-old woman driving an electric-powered buggy along a pavement in Embankment Road hit a pedestrian coming out of a Plymco Co-operative store, police said.

There is no suggestion of any wrong-doing.

An ambulance was called at around 11.45am yesterday and the 61-year-old casualty was taken to Derriford Hospital.

Traffic officer Stu Moseley told The Herald the man was last night awaiting an operation.

The Plymco store was sealed off for around two hours while officers from the serious collisions unit carried out an investigation.

"Our concerns are for the casualty as his injuries are quite serious which means an investigation has to take place," said PC Moseley.

"The store was closed so officers could take photos of the scene and we have detained a buggy for examination.

"We are now studying CCTV footage and are now appealing for witnesses to this incident," he added.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: "Following an accident involving a pedestrian on the pavement outside our store on Embankment Road, we temporarily closed our store while police carried out an investigation. We would like to thank customers for their understanding."

Store staff along the street said they were aware of the incident and regularly saw the woman in the red mobility scooter.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: "She's often up and down the road. I've seen her waiting at the nearby lights.

"It's not like she doesn't know this area or know that people walk out of the shops along the street onto the pavement."

Wayne Glanfield, owner of Turnstyles barbers in Embankment Road, said he'd also seen the red scooter being driven along the pavement. He said: "There's no test to drive those things and they can do up to 15 miles an hour or more. If she had hit a kid it would have been much worse.

"It's awful for the man who was hurt, but it was hilarious to see the little red scooter on the back of a huge low loader being taken away."

If you witnessed this incident contact police on 101 asking for traffic officer Stu Moseley quoting log number 265 of 09/10/12.

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  • John_Ply  |  October 10 2012, 10:30PM

    I wonder if we would see as many of these disability vehicles around, if their speed was governed? I do not wish to ban these vehicles from the pavement as they are genuinely used by disabled people, although I do wonder sometimes, whether some of the users are capable of walking and use this mode of transport because it gets them around quicker. As far as I am concerned, to time is long overdue, for the compulsory fitting of governors to these vehicles, so as to limit them to a walking speed, thereby, putting the disabled user, on an equal par as your average pedestrian, with regard to speed. The idea that a pedestrian should have to use something akin to the highway code, by looking left and right, before exiting a shop onto a public pavement, also seems to me. to be in the realms of fantasy and not achievable. Something has to be done about this problem and a suggestion would be that, any disabled vehicle built after a certain date, would have to be fitted with a speed governor, in much the same way as the seat belt law for cars. There is also the liability to consider. Would you average user be able to pay compensation to the the person they have just injured? Which calls into question the need for some type of third party insurance. Both items mentioned would cost the user extra, but some of the speeds I have seen these vehicles traveling at, could seriously injure someone, or may even possibly kill someone, whether by impact, in the case of a young child, or indirectly. An example of indirectly would be a person knocked over and knocking their head against the edge of a sharp object, (I.e a kerb). As previously mentioned, there is an additional cost involved here, but what cost is a persons life worth?

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  • RustyRed3  |  October 10 2012, 9:32PM

    ''There is no suggestion of any wrong-doing'' None at all?! Oh well yeah, apart from the fact a man in his 60s has suffered suspected hip and shoulder fractures after a mobility scooter knocked him over. In fact this goes onto say his injuries are quite serious... yep screams of no wrong doing to me!!

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  • DJANGO6421  |  October 10 2012, 8:04PM

    These thing's should be on the road and insured,I have to insure my vehicle,and Iam not permitted to drive it on the pavement.Why are these people exempt? vehicular law should apply to everybody.

  • generation_X  |  October 10 2012, 6:41PM

    some people walk straight out of shops like they have the right of way or something, making people passing by have to dodge around them or stop to avoid a collision. you wouldnt drive your car like that at a junction. :-p

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  • petebarrow  |  October 10 2012, 4:27PM

    Awareness training and insurance should a legal requirement for riding mobility scooters but banning them would make a lot of the users housebound. Any one of us may need one one day.

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  • shamomf01  |  October 10 2012, 3:56PM

    if i hit someone with my car or motorbike the old bill would try and do me for dangerous driving, this person should be treated the same they are driving something which can be dangerous in the wrong hands

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  • olddogbreath  |  October 10 2012, 3:28PM

    These things are a nightmare. People in wheelchairs seem far more able to negotiate pavements than these people. Just watch them when they get on a bus and take up space for genuine disabled people. They should be insured and that would curtail their use.

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  • rob5gt  |  October 10 2012, 3:24PM

    'Plymco store' come on thisisPlymouth that was 10 years ago !

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  • BettyD  |  October 10 2012, 3:22PM

    Sorry there are some spelling errors in previous post, predictive text is a pain.......cig give should read ciggies. Another point re these scooters, what's the betting a lot of the riders are no longer allowed to drive a car for medical / eye reasons. If you've had your licence taken away from you then you should NOT be allowed on a scooter

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  • BettyD  |  October 10 2012, 3:18PM

    Ah but nothalf, it would separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak, those who really need to use them will have proper instruction, get tax and insurance especially if you have to take a test as car drivers do and make sure the insurance is more than fifty quid, those don't don't really need them ie the fat lazy cant be ****d to walk brigade on benefits etc wont want to use their hard earned benefits on scooters at the expense of their cig give, pasties, booze, video games, drugs etc

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