Man in 60s suffers fractures after being run over by mobility scooter
A MAN in his 60s has suffered suspected hip and shoulder fractures after a mobility scooter knocked him over, police said.
A 57-year-old woman driving an electric-powered buggy along a pavement in Embankment Road hit a pedestrian coming out of a Plymco Co-operative store, police said.
There is no suggestion of any wrong-doing.
An ambulance was called at around 11.45am yesterday and the 61-year-old casualty was taken to Derriford Hospital.
Traffic officer Stu Moseley told The Herald the man was last night awaiting an operation.
The Plymco store was sealed off for around two hours while officers from the serious collisions unit carried out an investigation.
"Our concerns are for the casualty as his injuries are quite serious which means an investigation has to take place," said PC Moseley.
"The store was closed so officers could take photos of the scene and we have detained a buggy for examination.
"We are now studying CCTV footage and are now appealing for witnesses to this incident," he added.
A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: "Following an accident involving a pedestrian on the pavement outside our store on Embankment Road, we temporarily closed our store while police carried out an investigation. We would like to thank customers for their understanding."
Store staff along the street said they were aware of the incident and regularly saw the woman in the red mobility scooter.
One woman, who asked not to be named, said: "She's often up and down the road. I've seen her waiting at the nearby lights.
"It's not like she doesn't know this area or know that people walk out of the shops along the street onto the pavement."
Wayne Glanfield, owner of Turnstyles barbers in Embankment Road, said he'd also seen the red scooter being driven along the pavement. He said: "There's no test to drive those things and they can do up to 15 miles an hour or more. If she had hit a kid it would have been much worse.
"It's awful for the man who was hurt, but it was hilarious to see the little red scooter on the back of a huge low loader being taken away."
If you witnessed this incident contact police on 101 asking for traffic officer Stu Moseley quoting log number 265 of 09/10/12.