Police search for mystery mobility scooter driver who mowed down pensioner, 94.

Detectives hunt hit and run mobility scooter driver

Detectives hunt hit and run mobility scooter driver

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DETECTIVES are hunting a mobility scooter driver who mowed down a 94-year-old pensioner in a hit and run incident.

The elderly victim was left with cuts and bruises after being knocked to the floor by the vehicle.

She was walking down an alleyway in central Romsey at 12.30pm when she was hit.

And although she was left with injuries that required treatment by paramedics, the driver of the vehicle did not stop to see how she was.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to track down the driver after the incident in the alleyway next to Boots in The Hundred on Saturday (March 29).

It is the second time in recent months that a mobility scooter has injured a pedestrian in Hampshire.

Susan Daniels was left with a fractured knee and a ruptured tendon in her left arm after an 88-year-old man crashed into her in Station Road, New Milton.

The 69-year-old now finds it difficult to get around due to her injuries, and she called for the law to be changed to stop people buying scooters without tax or insurance.

That came after the Daily Echo ran a campaign calling for people to be forced to undertake a driving test before being able to drive the vehicles.

We launched the campaign after 90-year-old Eileen Butt was left with severe head and facial injuries when she was hit by a scooter in Hamble.

People in Romsey agreed that something needs to be done.

Nick Michell, who manages the market near to where the 94-year-old was hit, said: “I think they need to be regulated better.

“We should look at the laws about scooters - whether they should be allowed on pavements, or whether there should be a speed limit when they are on the pavement.”

Bertie Lemint, a stallholder at the market, said: “That's sad, I hope the lady is well.

“I don't think they should be allowed on the pavement. Scooter drivers don't just ask you to get out of the way, they expect you too.”

And Andy Watkins, who works in the area, said: “I'm shocked, it's not very nice at all.

“A lot of people on scooters are a law unto themselves. It wouldn't be the first time something like this has happened.”

Speaking after the incident in Romsey, PC Peter Stansfield said: “This incident has left an elderly woman injured and very shaken. It has happened at a busy time of the day in Romsey town centre and I'm sure someone will have seen something relevant to our investigation. I'd urge them to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Stansfield at Romsey police station on 101.

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8:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

wwozzer says...

Probably in too much of a hurry to get to Greggs to bother stopping. These things are a bloody menace and should be restricted to 2MPH when on pavements so pedestrians can walk past/around them rather than having to jump out of the way.
Probably in too much of a hurry to get to Greggs to bother stopping. These things are a bloody menace and should be restricted to 2MPH when on pavements so pedestrians can walk past/around them rather than having to jump out of the way. wwozzer
  • Score: 5

8:54am Wed 2 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

Heaven help us if they'd ever use a proper getaway vehicle the police would have no chance.
It'll be on CCTV - end of hunt.
Heaven help us if they'd ever use a proper getaway vehicle the police would have no chance. It'll be on CCTV - end of hunt. Brite Spark
  • Score: 4

8:55am Wed 2 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

Yesterday the pedestrian had been ploughed down, today 'mowed' it just gets worse for them.
Yesterday the pedestrian had been ploughed down, today 'mowed' it just gets worse for them. Brite Spark
  • Score: 5

10:23am Wed 2 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Get a sense of deja vu here, can't think what though.
Get a sense of deja vu here, can't think what though. ToastyTea
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

tucats says...

It certainly would be beneficial to impose some sort of proficiency test with these things. Or an attitude test might be better!

Navigating Station Road in New Milton is like undergoing some sort of military training in trying to avoid the onslaught of oldies, either those on mobility scooters, or the hoards who use the shopping trolley walkers like snow ploughs to barge their way wherever they wish.

Both examples of this species suffer from the same delusion: that they have some RIGHT beyond that of all other mere mortals to traverse the pavements around town and, because they are old and infirm, that includes the right not to have to deviate nor give way to anyone else under any circumstances.

If you should happen to come face to face with one, they will glare menacingly, while ploughing directly on. If you don't quickly move out of their way, they seem to consider you "fair game."

And if, like me, you are mobility imparied also, but haven't yet joined the ranks of these mobility tank drivers, then heaven help you if you can't move out of their way fast enough!
It certainly would be beneficial to impose some sort of proficiency test with these things. Or an attitude test might be better! Navigating Station Road in New Milton is like undergoing some sort of military training in trying to avoid the onslaught of oldies, either those on mobility scooters, or the hoards who use the shopping trolley walkers like snow ploughs to barge their way wherever they wish. Both examples of this species suffer from the same delusion: that they have some RIGHT beyond that of all other mere mortals to traverse the pavements around town and, because they are old and infirm, that includes the right not to have to deviate nor give way to anyone else under any circumstances. If you should happen to come face to face with one, they will glare menacingly, while ploughing directly on. If you don't quickly move out of their way, they seem to consider you "fair game." And if, like me, you are mobility imparied also, but haven't yet joined the ranks of these mobility tank drivers, then heaven help you if you can't move out of their way fast enough! tucats
  • Score: 2

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