‘She just drove off’

Mobility scooter victim. --'Joyce Norton got knocked down by a mobility scooter in Brid on Saturday. --'NBFP PA1452-2b
Mobility scooter victim. --'Joyce Norton got knocked down by a mobility scooter in Brid on Saturday. --'NBFP PA1452-2b

An elderly woman has sustained multiple injuries following a hit and run collision with a mobility scooter.

Joyce Norton, 75, was walking along the footpath on Moorfield Road when a lady, believed to be in her 70s, driving a mobility scooter knocked her down leaving her with a black eye, bruised knees and a badly bruised arm.

Joyce said: “I was shaking like a leaf.”

I just can’t believe that she didn’t stop after hitting me. She showed no acknowledgement of me and just drove off.”

Two men aided a shaken Joyce with one man having first aid experience and they also had no luck in stopping the elderly driver despite their calls.

Joyce, who is a treasurer of the ladies darts league in Bridlington and also runs the over 50s club at Bridlington Rugby Club, did not realise the extent of her injuries until she returned home from shopping in Bridlington and discovered the bruising on her arm in particular. This lead to her going to Bridlington Hospital to receive treatment.

Joyce is now urging people to be careful around mobility scooters, especially young children. She said: “The hospital couldn’t believe the injuries I received and were particularly concerned with the state of my arm. I was knocked down but just think if the same happened to a young child. Being knocked into the road put me and drivers at risk. People in mobility scooters need to be aware of other pedestrians and, in my opinion, shouldn’t be allowed on narrow pavements such as this where there is only enough room for two pedestrians.”

The law states that “all mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs can legally travel at a maximum of 4mph on footpaths or in pedestrian areas.”

Joyce said: “I’d like to thank the men who assisted me following the collision. They were very helpful and were very reassuring as I was in a state of shock at the time. They helped me up and were very kind towards me.

“If anything, I would like an apology for what has happened. There was no justification for her actions and it has resulted in me obtaining these injuries. I’m just glad no serious harm was done.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 224 of 21/12/14.