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Injured resident calls for safer driving

Denise Flynn who was run over by a mobility scooter on the pavement in Hailsham. December 2nd2013 E49144P

Denise Flynn who was run over by a mobility scooter on the pavement in Hailsham. December 2nd2013 E49144P

A woman who was injured after being knocked down by a mobility scooter says drivers of the machines need to be more aware.

Denise Flynn suffered a ruptured vein in her leg following the incident earlier this month.

The 68-year-old, from Eastbourne, was walking across the car park at Waitrose in Hailsham when she says a man driving a mobility scooter drove into the back off her, knocked her off her feet and then ran over her leg.

The carer said she had one foot on the road and one on the pavement and had moved back very slightly when she was hit.

A paramedic tended to her and she was taken to a nearby health centre to be checked over.

She said, “It could have been a lot worse.

“It really shook me up.

“I put my foot back and he was extremely close.

“I could not get up and it caught a vein. I think the people driving these machines should be more careful.

“I just want people to be more careful, I’ve hard of so many incidents [involving mobility scooters].”

Mrs Flynn, who would like to thank the paramedic and health centre staff, said she was concerned that people could just buy a mobility scooter without enough checks being carried out about their health.

Fred Connell, manager of Eastbourne Shopmobility, said the person on the scooter had not hired one of their machines but added, “If anyone comes in here they have to go through a training process.

“We’ve only had one accident in the time I have been here which has been six years.

“I do insist people have the instructions before they have the scooter. We have turned people down before.

“We ask about their health and if they have certain ailments they can’t have the scooter.

“I feel sorry for the lady involved [in the incident].”

 

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