Disabled woman injured in Hatfield scooter accident

PUBLISHED: 14:46 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

Sheila Hawthorne

Sheila Hawthorne

A MAN has made an impassioned plea for safety railings on a 'high' kerb, after his disabled wife was injured when her electric scooter fell into the road. John Hawthorne and wife Sheila, who suffers from emphysema, had just been to Asda in Hatfield when s

A MAN has made an impassioned plea for safety railings on a "high" kerb, after his disabled wife was injured when her electric scooter fell into the road.

John Hawthorne and wife Sheila, who suffers from emphysema, had just been to Asda in Hatfield when she suffered the "horrific" accident, near the top of the subway leading to St Luke's Church, in French Horn Lane.

Mrs Hawthorne's scooter went tumbling down the kerb after the back wheel went over the edge.

She hit her head on the kerb and sustained injuries to her legs.

Mr Hawthorne, of Crop Common, Hatfield, said he was relieved when a driver pulled into the church car park and called an ambulance for them.

He also said he was "shocked" and worried about her breathing after the fall, and that he was left "swabbing the blood up" after she smacked her head.

He told the WHT: "We were all shocked. We had to go over to the hospital, as my wife suffers from emphysema I was worried about her breathing."

"I do think there should be some railings along the side of the pathway to prevent this from happening to other people.

"It's rather dangerous down there. A woman I spoke to said that someone else had fallen off the kerb."

Mr Hawthorne said he had sent the pictures of his wife's injury to a 'no win, no fee' legal firm.

A spokeswoman for Herts Highways said: "We are very concerned to hear about this incident and if the woman involved would like to contact us we can arrange a site visit to discuss the situation."

She added the authority could be contacted to report any incidents on 01438 737320 or 01923 471320, or at www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults

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