Bexhill-on-Sea: E-scooter driver jailed after collision with old woman

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This is the dramatic moment an elderly woman was thrown into the air by a middle-aged e-scooter rider who crashed into her at high speed.

Paul Satchell, 58, who had previously been warned by police about his reckless driving, was arrested after the collision at Bexhill-on-Sea on December 1, 2020.

He was trying to flee from two officers who wanted to warn him to stop and was looking over his shoulder when he collided with 79-year-old Myra Wood as she was crossing the street.

She suffered serious injuries, including a fractured eye socket, and was unable to eat solid food for more than a month. Satchell was thrown off the scooter by the impact but was unhurt.

He was jailed at Lewes Crown Court for 16 months after being convicted of serious injuries caused by dangerous driving.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “E-scooters are currently classed as powered vehicles but there is currently no way to legally register or insure them.

“So riding e-scooters in a public place is illegal and users can expect the item to be confiscated and prosecuted for traffic offences.”

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 26/09/2022 This is the dramatic moment a 77-year-old woman was thrown away by a middle-aged e-scooter rider who collided with her and faced jail today (Monday) for dangerously riding. The moment of impact was captured on CCTV and 58-year-old Paul Satchell was arrested by police, who had previously stopped him and warned against his use of the powered vehicle. The incident happened in Bexhill-on-Sea and today (Mon) Satchell was jailed for 16 months. See copy of HNPscoot

Paul Satchell was jailed for more than a year (Image: Hyde News & Pictures)

Speaking of the “shocking” collision in which Ms Wood was injured, they added: “She said she previously enjoyed an active life with regular walks and visits to the shops and church in Bexhill and Sidley.

“However, the injuries sustained meant that she was hospitalized for two days and she was unable to eat solid food for six weeks.

“She was extremely scared and said she was afraid to cross the street.

Ms Wood said: “I can say that this collision has left me with physical and mental scars that have fundamentally affected the quality of my life. I know I’m a shadow of my former self.”

Collision Unit investigator Chris McGuckin said after the case: “We are delighted that we have finally been able to do justice to Ms. Wood’s 16-month sentence.

“The case shows that all road users have an obligation to be vigilant and watch out for other road users in order to avoid serious damage.

“It also shows the damage e-scooters can cause, which are still illegal to use in public outside of a proving ground.”

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