Woman injured in mobility scooter ‘hit and run’

Honiton incident leaves victim seeking legal advice.

A PENSIONER is seeking legal advice after she was struck by a mobility scooter in High Street, Honiton.

Gloria Trencham, 66, of Feniton, was walking towards the Three Tuns pub with her husband, Pete, when she claims she was the victim of a hit and run collision on the pavement.

“I was bleeding and crying, but the scooter rider just drove on at top speed,” she told The Midweek Herald.

“A passer-by shouted out to the rider: ‘How disgusting - don’t you value human life?’

“I caught up with the scooter rider outside R K Tools and spoke to her, but didn’t get her name.”

Mrs Trencham then reported the incident to Honiton Police.

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She sustained a cut and swelling to an ankle, and she was asked if she required an ambulance to take her to hospital.

“I couldn’t, because I was due to meet up with friends in the Three Tuns and had to get home to feed my cats,” said Mrs Trencham.

“I want compensation, because a month later my ankle is still swollen.”

PC Ian Atyeo said, although the matter is a civil one, police would offer words of advice to the scooter driver - if she could be identified.

“The regulations state that if you are the user of a mobility scooter you must follow the Highway Code and that you are responsible for your own and other people’s safety,” he said.

Although mobility scooters do not have to be insured, PC Atyeo added: “The best advice is to get at least third party cover. When using a scooter on a footpath, the pedestrians always have the right of way.”

The top speed legally allowed on a pavement is four miles per hour.

Leaflets outlining regulations governing the use of invalid carriages are available from Honiton Police Station.