A North Somercotes woman has spoken of her ‘hell’ after claiming her legs were crushed in a mobility scooter crash while she enjoyed a day out with her family.
Jen Bickerton, 52, had taken her daughter Polly and her ten-year-old grandson Raife, out for a trip to Ingoldmells to get ice cream when she claims a woman riding a heavy four-wheel mobility scooter careered into her at high speed.
Jen says the crash, which allegedly happened Roman Bank on August 18, pushed her backwards for almost two metres and pinned her up against a mobile catering van, crushing her legs in the process.
Care worker Jen says she has been unable to go to work for over two weeks due to her injuries.
Worst of all, Jen claims the woman on the mobility scooter initially refused to give her contact details and tried to ride away. She eventually gave an address in Doncaster after Jen’s daughter caught up with her.
Jen said: “My legs are very bruised and very sore, and I have had to use anti-coagulant cream and antibiotics from the doctor.
“Raife was really stunned and shaken up by this. It would have been so much worse if it hit a child or a baby’s buggy.”
A police spokesperson said that accidents involving mobility scooters can be a “grey area”. Despite mobility scooters not being road vehicles, such incidents are still considered as road traffic accidents.
Jen said: “Mobility scooters are a good thing as they give people freedom, but they need more regulation.
“I think public liability insurance should be compulsory, and they should be regulated to walking pace when on the pavements.
“Apparently these incidents happen often, but legislation will only change if more people report them.”