AN INVESTIGATION has begun into how a pensioner crashed his mobility scooter through a glass walkway and plunged 12ft to his death.
The 82-year-old man was leaving Fareham Health Centre yesterday afternoon when the accident happened.
He was declared dead at the scene and police sealed off Osborn Road near Fareham Civic Offices and shops.
Ling Yorke, 37, of Wallington Shore Road, Fareham, said: ‘I was coming out of the library and I heard this massive smashing sound.
‘When I looked round I could see the scooter on the ground. I thought he had already been under the bridge. I didn’t realise he had fallen at first.
‘As I went past it, I could see the scooter was completely upside down.
‘There were nurses running down from the medical centre and then a security guy came behind them.
‘The security man had a blanket which he was putting over the man and it looked like he was trying to comfort him.
‘It’s very sad and it was all so quick.’
The electric scooter, panes of glass and jagged pieces of the wooden window frame remained on the ground for hours afterwards. A forensic photographer was sent to take pictures of the scene.
Detectives launched a full investigation into the incident which happened at 2.50pm yesterday.
The dead man, from Fareham, had not been named by police last night,
Inger Hebden, of the Hampshire hospital trust which runs the centre, said: ‘Everyone at the health centre is shocked and saddened by what has happened.
‘We will, of course, do all we can to assist the police in their investigation.’
Police tape surrounded the scene.
One local woman, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It’s just awful, terrible.
‘These scooters are dangerous.
‘I’ve seen them speed off when they’ve gone wrong before, but nothing like this.
‘How did it have enough speed to break through the glass? It’s shocking.’
Detective Sergeant Fiona Wright, from Fareham CID, appealed for witnesses to come forward last night.
She said: ‘The man had exited the building through the double doors. His mobility scooter then went through the glass wall of the walkway.
‘Sadly, he fell to the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene. We are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and are working with our colleagues in the Roads Policing unit and the Health and Safety Executive.
‘I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or who can help with our enquiries.’
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