Warning after 90-year-old woman hit by reversing car in Havant

New Lane, in Havant, where pensioner Joan Brooker was hit by a car
New Lane, in Havant, where pensioner Joan Brooker was hit by a car

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A 90-YEAR-OLD woman was left in agony and had to undergo emergency surgery after being reversed into by a car.

Joan Brooker was returning from shopping in Havant when a car reversed into her from a driveway in New Lane.

Paul Brooker, whose mum Joan was hit by a reversing car in New Lane, Havant

Paul Brooker, whose mum Joan was hit by a reversing car in New Lane, Havant

Mrs Brooker was pushing a shopping trolley at the time and it is believed the car hit the trolley, taking Mrs Brooker off her feet.

Mrs Brooker was left with a broken hip and bad bruising and had to undergo surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Now her son Paul Brooker, a retired police officer, is urging drivers to be more vigilant, especially when reversing out of driveways.

The 63-year-old, from Waterlooville, said: ‘Neighbours came out straight away and phoned for the ambulance.

‘A gentleman stopped and took his coat off to put it under her head as she lay there screaming.

‘She’s extremely upset about it.

‘She was extremely shaken up. She’s totally independent, so she’s not a happy person (at the moment).’

Mrs Brooker, a widow, has been in hospital since the accident on June 8.

Mr Brooker said: ‘Obviously it was an accident but it’s still careless.

‘The person should not have driven down their driveway. They should have reversed in and then driven out.’

He added: ‘I think drivers need to be more aware. I think it should be part of the test that if you want to drive a car, learn to ride a pedal cycle first, then a motorcycle, then drive a car.’

Mr Brooker said the impact on his mum would be huge as she is used to doing things for herself.

He said: ‘Mum’s injuries are such that the extremely bad bruising down and over her right shoulder is severely hampering her getting comfortable, sitting down or trying to sit up.’

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Around 10.15am, June 8, a Peugeot car was in collision with a pedestrian on the driveway of an address on New Lane, Havant.

‘The vehicle, driven by a 19-year-old woman, was reversing at the time.

‘The pedestrian, a 90-year-old woman, was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital. Police are investigating and speaking to those involved.’