An 84-year-old great-grandma was left with two broken bones in her leg after being rammed into by a “zombie-like” man on a mobility scooter during an afternoon stroll.
Jean Sleight was walking along the path in Queen Street, Withernsea, on Tuesday, January 8, when she noticed a disabled man racing towards her in his motorised scooter.
The pensioner said: “He was moving rather quick and I stepped off the path as far as I could but I couldn’t get any further because there was a hedge.
“He came straight across and hit me. He went straight into me and didn’t even try to stop. We didn’t know whether he saw me or not but he came across like a bat out of hell and just came straight at me.
“When he hit me I shouted at him and instead of backing off he came further forward and I fell over the second time he hit me. I fell into the hedge which helped a bit but it was a shock. I didn’t feel the pain initially but I do now.”
After the accident, various people rushed to her aid and within 10 minutes an ambulance arrived to take Mrs Sleight to Hull Royal Infirmary.
The man who careered into her in his mobility scooter remained at the scene until Mrs Sleight was taken to hospital but strangely, he never apologised for crashing into her.
“He just sat there and never said a word,” said Mrs Sleight.
“He was just like a zombie and looking into space. He didn’t leave the scene – that was one thing – but he didn’t apologise.”
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The sprightly grandma-of-eight says she had just got off the bus with her son Paul when the incident happened and she is used to wandering around Withernsea on a daily basis.
However, after doctors examined her, they discovered she had broken her tibia and fibula meaning she will be out of action for six weeks.
“I’m not allowed to put any weight on it for six weeks so I’m stuck,” Mrs Sleight said. “I go out every day and I like to be out and about but this will stop me and I’ve got to stay indoors for the next six weeks.
“I said to my daughter that this could have been a lot more serious because I’m quite fit and healthy but if he had hit someone who was feebler they may have suffered worse injuries.”
Mrs Sleight, who has lived in Withernsea for the past five years, said she was told by the police that she would not be able to press charges against the man who hit her in his mobility scooter.
Although she is facing the prospect of being housebound for the next six weeks, she is taking everything in her stride and is keen to thank the woman who stayed with her in Queen Street after the horror crash.
Mrs Sleight said: “A young lady came across, rang an ambulance and waiting with me for 10 minutes until it arrived. I can’t remember what she was called but I would have liked to have got in touch with her to stay thank you.
“She was absolutely brilliant and it was really good of her to stay with me until the ambulance came.”
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