Mum Hospitalised After Senior Citizen Hit Her With His Mobility Vehicle

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Mobility vehicle pensioner puts mum in hospital after crash

A mum was hospitalised after a pensioner hit her with his mobility vehicle, leaving her 'squashed' between two cars.

Janet Mee, a full time student, had been putting her two young children into her car in Burnley, Lancashire when she was hit by John Gilbert Kershaw, 65, last December.

She was left lying in the road after Kershaw reportedly drove off.

Ms Mee was treated for injuries to her back, hip and leg and had to take three months off her college course.

The Lancashire Telegraph reports that Ms Mee had seen the mobility vehicle motoring towards her with its engine revving 'quite loudly'. She pushed her son into her car, and flattened herself against it, before being hit by Kershaw who drove off 'with the wheels spinning' after stopping for only 'two or three seconds'.

Kershaw, 65, said he clipped Mrs Mee with his wing mirror in his Vauxhall Insignia mobility car, which he drives due to suffering from emphysema. He claims he thought she was OK after seeing her get up from the road.

His solicitor, David Leach, said his client was 'a senior citizen' and 'not a boy racer'. He added that he had been 'horrified' to discover Ms Mee had been hospitalised after the incident.

"He is genuinely remorseful for the injuries this lady has suffered," Mr Leach told Burnley magistrates' court.

Kershaw admitted driving without due care and attention and falling to report a road accident. He was given a two-year conditional discharge and six points on his licence, and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.


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