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Scooter gran tells of her crash ordeal

ACCIDENT VICTIM ... Kathy Johnston, pictured with daughter Lesley Dickinson, was hit by a car while crossing Laygate Lane in her mobility scooter.

ACCIDENT VICTIM ... Kathy Johnston, pictured with daughter Lesley Dickinson, was hit by a car while crossing Laygate Lane in her mobility scooter.

A GREAT-grandmother who was hit by a car on a road crossing in South Tyneside is calling for tighter safety measures.

Kathy Johnston, 69, was on her mobility scooter on the zebra crossing near Laygate Community School, in Laygate, South Shields, when she was involved in the accident on Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs Johnston, of Western Approach, South Shields, said: “I know I was lucky, but they need to have a pelican crossing or something there so that drivers have to stop.

“Not everyone does stop at a zebra crossing. I’ve found that out on that crossing before when I’ve had to wait to be able to cross.”

The road was closed while police carried out investigations and Mrs Johnston was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital to be checked over.

Police say the driver has been spoken to, but no further action is being taken.

Mrs Johnston said: “I came up to the zebra crossing and was going to call in to see a friend across the road.

“I was on the crossing and the next thing I knew, bang.

“From being hit to getting to the ground, I think I must have blacked out because I can’t remember anything, but I’m sure I could feel my scooter on top of my legs.

“Then there were crowds of people around me and a woman checked my pulse. She told me it was strong and that I shouldn’t worry.

“A young girl stayed with me until the ambulance came too, I think she was called Simone. Everyone was lovely.”

She added: “I thought I’d really hurt my hip and my neck is hurting now.

“I’ve got arthritis and chronic pain syndrome. I rely on my scooter to get around, and it was badly damaged in the accident.

“I couldn’t walk across the road without it, and I’ll be scared to get back on it if it’s in the state I think it will be.

“I was lucky”

Mrs Johnston’s daughter, Lesley Dickinson, added: “The crossing should be upgraded, especially for the kids who go to the school and for older people.”

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