Driver injured in scooter crash

An electric scooter ended up being towed away and its operator treated for back and neck injuries after the scooter was hit by a vehicle Saturday.

  • Aug. 24, 2011 4:00 p.m.

An electric scooter ended up being towed away and its operator treated for back and neck injuries after the scooter was hit by a vehicle Saturday.

The accident, which happened at around 6 p.m., occurred at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and 27th Street.

“Our officers attended after receiving a call from ambulance services, and discovered a black Toyota Rav 4 had collided with an electric scooter,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The vehicle came to rest on top of the scooter after the collision.”

The disabled operator of the scooter, a 52-year-old woman, was treated for neck and back injuries. A nine-year-old girl was also hit in the collision but was unharmed.

Molendyk said there is no indication the girl was travelling on the scooter. She is believed to have been walking when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Rav 4 was not injured, but shaken by the incident.

“The driver stated that they did a check of the southbound traffic but failed to check the northbound traffic for pedestrians,” said Molendyk.

The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

In the wake of this latest incident, and having reported on a couple of cyclists being hit by vehicles over the past week, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are concerned motorists are becoming lax in their driving skills.

“It is a little concerning given the accidents we’ve had with cyclists and now pedestrians,” said Molendyk.

“We need everybody to pay attention to their driving. Within the next week or two, we’ll be talking about kids going back to school so we just ask motorists to be careful.”