Great-grandfather hit by mobility scooter

1/12/11 EB''David Moreton 77 of Horndean was run over by a lady on a mobility scooter as he used a cash machine at the nearby Morrisons store, resulting in getting a fractured pelvis, only a year after having a hip replacement.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114240-4)

1/12/11 EB''David Moreton 77 of Horndean was run over by a lady on a mobility scooter as he used a cash machine at the nearby Morrisons store, resulting in getting a fractured pelvis, only a year after having a hip replacement.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114240-4)

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GREAT-GRANDFATHER David Moreton is calling for tighter controls on mobility scooters after he was hit by one and left with a fractured pelvis.

The 77-year-old was standing at a cashpoint at Morrisons in Horndean, when a woman lost control of her scooter and crashed into him, knocking him to the floor at 9.30am yesterday.

His ankles were left wedged underneath the vehicle which had to be lifted off him by passers-by.

Mr Moreton, of Spring Vale, Horndean, drove home immediately, despite being in agony, and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital by his daughter where an X-ray showed he had a fractured pelvis.

Mr Moreton, a former sailor and dockyard worker, said: ‘I fell on my hip, which was painful, and the foot plate she had her feet on went over my ankles.

‘I was a bit confused and dazed and several people came over to help. A man leaned over and turned the motor off as it was still running.

‘They were telling me to lie where I was but all I wanted to do was get home. I drove home in shock and it suddenly hit me that I’d been run over by a mobility scooter – it could only happen to me.

‘The woman who ran me over was concerned, obviously she was shaken up too.

‘I didn’t get her details which I should’ve done.

‘There should be legislation in place to make sure people who ride these big heavy things know how to keep them under control.’

By law, mobility scooters must not travel faster than 4mph and must give pedestrians priority..

Mr Moreton’s wife Valerie, also 77, said: ‘We just wish this had never happened.

‘Dave had a hip replacement a year ago and now he is back to square one.

‘We don’t know how long it will take him to recover.

‘We’d like the police to speak to this lady for other people’s safety. You should be forced to take a test before you use them.’

The matter has been reported to police and, although it is being treated as an accident, officers would like the scooter owner to get in touch.

The woman is described as being in her 50s or 60s, of a large build. The scooter was black.

Anyone with information should contact Waterlooville police on 101.

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