Mobility scooter hit-and-run driver runs over grandmother, 87
Mobility scooter hit-and-run driver runs over grandmother, 87, to leave her with broken arm and wrist in city centre crash
- Olive Harris will need at least four months of care after being knocked over
- Scooter hit her while she was walking through Plymouth city centre in Devon
- Her grandson said scooter driver not paying attention to where he was going
- Family want changes to be made to regulations surrounding mobility scooters
This is the shocking moment an 87-year-old grandmother was seriously injured after being hit by a mobility scooter.
Olive Harris will need at least four months of care after being knocked off her feet by the impact while walking through Plymouth city centre in Devon.
Her grandson Tom Roden, 28, said the driver of the scooter was not paying attention to where he was going when he crashed straight into her.
Olive Harris landed on her side after being hit by the mobility scooter in Plymouth, Devon, and remained there for three hours waiting for an ambulance
Ms Harris is now recovering in hospital and her family are calling for changes to be made to regulations surrounding mobility scooters.
The pensioner broke her arm in three places, suffered a broken wrist – and her family suspect she also has some form of internal injury.
He said: ‘She was actually taken off her feet as the scooter hit her. She landed on her side and remained there for three hours waiting for an ambulance.
‘My first thoughts watching the video were whether the driver was paying attention. He drove straight at her. It was very saddening to see a relative in that state.’
A video grab of the moment 87-year-old Ms Harris (circled) was knocked over in Plymouth
After the incident, a passer-by helped Ms Harris as she waited for medical assistance, but the mobility scooter driver left the scene.
Mr Roden said his family want to see new regulations, because mobility scooters carry no identification and drivers can use them without insurance or training.
He added: ‘She’s OK, she’s still in hospital but she is starting to get on the mend. The regulation will have to change.
‘A good thing to come out of this will be if laws around mobility scooters are tightened up.’
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