Pensioner's car mounts pavement, hits pedestrian and crashes into road sign near Worthing roundabout

Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses

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A pedestrian is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car when it mounted the pavement.

The 20-year-old woman, from Storrington, was knocked down near to the A27 Grove Lodge roundabout in Worthing just after 3pm yesterday.

After colliding with the woman, the vehicle then crashed into a roadside traffic sign.

The female pedestrian was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious head injuries.

The driver of the grey Renault Clio involved in the accident, a 78-year-old man, was not injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Anyone who saw what happened or noticed the Renault shortly before the incident is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting Operation Northland.

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10:17am Wed 30 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Idiot driver! Ban him from driving immediately and sell all his possessions to compensate the victim...
Idiot driver! Ban him from driving immediately and sell all his possessions to compensate the victim... Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -19

10:26am Wed 30 Jul 14

Jules boy says...

Retake driving test at 70, time and time again elderly are leaving the road.
Retake driving test at 70, time and time again elderly are leaving the road. Jules boy
  • Score: 14

10:32am Wed 30 Jul 14

jyan says...

Before any more jumping to a conclusions - how do we know who's fault this is - did the driver make a mistake, was he unwell, did he swerve to avoid something, was there a collision with another vehicle, was there a mechanical problem with the car...etc?
Before any more jumping to a conclusions - how do we know who's fault this is - did the driver make a mistake, was he unwell, did he swerve to avoid something, was there a collision with another vehicle, was there a mechanical problem with the car...etc? jyan
  • Score: 9

10:39am Wed 30 Jul 14

Fercri Sakes says...

But I thought cyclists were the menace of our pavements? Can cars really mount pavements? I thought that impossible?
But I thought cyclists were the menace of our pavements? Can cars really mount pavements? I thought that impossible? Fercri Sakes
  • Score: -22

11:46am Wed 30 Jul 14

babsticals says...

Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.
Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s. babsticals
  • Score: 20

12:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Andy R says...

babsticals wrote:
Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.
How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's.

Happy with that?
[quote][p][bold]babsticals[/bold] wrote: Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.[/p][/quote]How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's. Happy with that? Andy R
  • Score: -1

1:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Number Six says...

jyan says...

Before any more jumping to a conclusions - how do we know who's fault this is - did the driver make a mistake, was he unwell, did he swerve to avoid something, was there a collision with another vehicle, was there a mechanical problem with the car...etc?

Steady on. If you are going to start bringing logic and rational thought to this board who knows where we will end up.

No, we should just string him up immediately, burn his house down and then sell his children into slavery. Mind you, that's probably a bit soft for some on this board
jyan says... Before any more jumping to a conclusions - how do we know who's fault this is - did the driver make a mistake, was he unwell, did he swerve to avoid something, was there a collision with another vehicle, was there a mechanical problem with the car...etc? Steady on. If you are going to start bringing logic and rational thought to this board who knows where we will end up. No, we should just string him up immediately, burn his house down and then sell his children into slavery. Mind you, that's probably a bit soft for some on this board Number Six
  • Score: 13

1:22pm Wed 30 Jul 14

FatherTed11 says...

They were most likely avoiding a cyclist swerving around in the road as they usually do.
They were most likely avoiding a cyclist swerving around in the road as they usually do. FatherTed11
  • Score: -7

1:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Jules boy says...

Andy R wrote:
babsticals wrote:
Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.
How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's.

Happy with that?
What age groups might that be? All I've read on accidents in last 2 weeks is elderly leaving the road or hitting stationery objects - trees, hedges, signposts, not forgetting the over the limit 85 year old a couple of weeks ago, tell you what if I re-took the test at 70 and failed, I'd much rather stop driving then cause an accident, so I put it to you - are you happy with that?
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]babsticals[/bold] wrote: Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.[/p][/quote]How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's. Happy with that?[/p][/quote]What age groups might that be? All I've read on accidents in last 2 weeks is elderly leaving the road or hitting stationery objects - trees, hedges, signposts, not forgetting the over the limit 85 year old a couple of weeks ago, tell you what if I re-took the test at 70 and failed, I'd much rather stop driving then cause an accident, so I put it to you - are you happy with that? Jules boy
  • Score: 15

1:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Andy R says...

Under-25's for a start....

But.....hey.....who wants actual verifiable data when we've got "what you read in the last two weeks" to go by.....?
Under-25's for a start.... But.....hey.....who wants actual verifiable data when we've got "what you read in the last two weeks" to go by.....? Andy R
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Sir Prised says...

Jules boy wrote:
Andy R wrote:
babsticals wrote:
Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.
How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's.

Happy with that?
What age groups might that be? All I've read on accidents in last 2 weeks is elderly leaving the road or hitting stationery objects - trees, hedges, signposts, not forgetting the over the limit 85 year old a couple of weeks ago, tell you what if I re-took the test at 70 and failed, I'd much rather stop driving then cause an accident, so I put it to you - are you happy with that?
I don't think it requires a full test but perhaps they could be required to undertake an accompanied drive with an instructor, just to ensure they still have sufficient confidence to be out on the road. It's not unusual to see older drivers who have become excessively nervous. I don't think you'll find you're quite as happy to give up the convenience of a car, once that day arrives !
[quote][p][bold]Jules boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]babsticals[/bold] wrote: Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.[/p][/quote]How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's. Happy with that?[/p][/quote]What age groups might that be? All I've read on accidents in last 2 weeks is elderly leaving the road or hitting stationery objects - trees, hedges, signposts, not forgetting the over the limit 85 year old a couple of weeks ago, tell you what if I re-took the test at 70 and failed, I'd much rather stop driving then cause an accident, so I put it to you - are you happy with that?[/p][/quote]I don't think it requires a full test but perhaps they could be required to undertake an accompanied drive with an instructor, just to ensure they still have sufficient confidence to be out on the road. It's not unusual to see older drivers who have become excessively nervous. I don't think you'll find you're quite as happy to give up the convenience of a car, once that day arrives ! Sir Prised
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Andy R says...

Sir Prised wrote:
Jules boy wrote:
Andy R wrote:
babsticals wrote:
Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.
How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's.

Happy with that?
What age groups might that be? All I've read on accidents in last 2 weeks is elderly leaving the road or hitting stationery objects - trees, hedges, signposts, not forgetting the over the limit 85 year old a couple of weeks ago, tell you what if I re-took the test at 70 and failed, I'd much rather stop driving then cause an accident, so I put it to you - are you happy with that?
I don't think it requires a full test but perhaps they could be required to undertake an accompanied drive with an instructor, just to ensure they still have sufficient confidence to be out on the road. It's not unusual to see older drivers who have become excessively nervous. I don't think you'll find you're quite as happy to give up the convenience of a car, once that day arrives !
You could argue that nervousness is a rational response to some of the driving you see around town.......
[quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jules boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]babsticals[/bold] wrote: Let's hope she makes a full recovery! I agree,re test at 70 or 75, too many of these accidents involving O.A.P.s.[/p][/quote]How about we apply this impeccable logic to all age groups? Particularly the age groups that have far higher accident rates than over-70's. Happy with that?[/p][/quote]What age groups might that be? All I've read on accidents in last 2 weeks is elderly leaving the road or hitting stationery objects - trees, hedges, signposts, not forgetting the over the limit 85 year old a couple of weeks ago, tell you what if I re-took the test at 70 and failed, I'd much rather stop driving then cause an accident, so I put it to you - are you happy with that?[/p][/quote]I don't think it requires a full test but perhaps they could be required to undertake an accompanied drive with an instructor, just to ensure they still have sufficient confidence to be out on the road. It's not unusual to see older drivers who have become excessively nervous. I don't think you'll find you're quite as happy to give up the convenience of a car, once that day arrives ![/p][/quote]You could argue that nervousness is a rational response to some of the driving you see around town....... Andy R
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Wed 30 Jul 14

vogon1 says...

Cue the inevitable binfest over elderly drivers...
Cue the inevitable binfest over elderly drivers... vogon1
  • Score: -1

6:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

paul76 says...

For those saying lets not jump to conclusions about it being lack of concentration etc that caused the driver to mount the pavement, the article says "The driver of the grey Renault Clio involved in the accident, a 78-year-old man, was not injured." This indicates he was well after the accident and it was not caused by a stroke, heart attack etc, otherwise it would have said he was taken to hospital with ............
For those saying lets not jump to conclusions about it being lack of concentration etc that caused the driver to mount the pavement, the article says "The driver of the grey Renault Clio involved in the accident, a 78-year-old man, was not injured." This indicates he was well after the accident and it was not caused by a stroke, heart attack etc, otherwise it would have said he was taken to hospital with ............ paul76
  • Score: 8

8:33pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

On Sunday afternoon in Brighton a male driver in his 50s in a black Audi with a Belgian plate drove along Ship Street and got to the junction of North street to find barriers blocking his exit. Instead of reversing up, he mounted the pavement to the right in Ship Street scattering pedestrians and turned right down the pavement in North Street for a short distance where he then bumped down the kerb and off the pavement heading to the Steine.
It was about 3pm and was an astonishing sight. I would report him to the police but the cops won't do anything.
On Sunday afternoon in Brighton a male driver in his 50s in a black Audi with a Belgian plate drove along Ship Street and got to the junction of North street to find barriers blocking his exit. Instead of reversing up, he mounted the pavement to the right in Ship Street scattering pedestrians and turned right down the pavement in North Street for a short distance where he then bumped down the kerb and off the pavement heading to the Steine. It was about 3pm and was an astonishing sight. I would report him to the police but the cops won't do anything. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 8

11:01pm Wed 30 Jul 14

AshingtonJohn says...

Probably a young pushy driver forced him off the road. Don't pick on older experienced drivers as the are the safest drivers on the road. Ask any insurance company.
Probably a young pushy driver forced him off the road. Don't pick on older experienced drivers as the are the safest drivers on the road. Ask any insurance company. AshingtonJohn
  • Score: -12

4:20am Thu 31 Jul 14

Blondie2 says...

I will be 86 next birthday and after many many years of happy accident free motoring I have decided that I will no longer sit behind a steering wheel. This is my decision and I have not been pressured by anyone else. BUT, I fel that now is the time. I am in excellent health and have, I hope, many more years to go. I want to enjoy my 86th plus birthday.

JOHN WALL VK2
I will be 86 next birthday and after many many years of happy accident free motoring I have decided that I will no longer sit behind a steering wheel. This is my decision and I have not been pressured by anyone else. BUT, I fel that now is the time. I am in excellent health and have, I hope, many more years to go. I want to enjoy my 86th plus birthday. JOHN WALL VK2 Blondie2
  • Score: 9

6:55am Thu 31 Jul 14

Sussex jim says...

I remember reading in the Argus some years ago about a Brighton man of 104 who was still driving- to work! His local dealer gave him a new car, as he had bought so many over the years.
Statistically these accidents are rare. we should concentrate more on those younger drivers who are more aggressive or inattentive and cause accidents.
I remember reading in the Argus some years ago about a Brighton man of 104 who was still driving- to work! His local dealer gave him a new car, as he had bought so many over the years. Statistically these accidents are rare. we should concentrate more on those younger drivers who are more aggressive or inattentive and cause accidents. Sussex jim
  • Score: 2

7:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Blondie2 wrote:
I will be 86 next birthday and after many many years of happy accident free motoring I have decided that I will no longer sit behind a steering wheel. This is my decision and I have not been pressured by anyone else. BUT, I fel that now is the time. I am in excellent health and have, I hope, many more years to go. I want to enjoy my 86th plus birthday.

JOHN WALL VK2
You shouldn't have been driving anyway.

Tired of old people endangering innocent members of the public.

At 75 all drivers should be forced to stop driving.
[quote][p][bold]Blondie2[/bold] wrote: I will be 86 next birthday and after many many years of happy accident free motoring I have decided that I will no longer sit behind a steering wheel. This is my decision and I have not been pressured by anyone else. BUT, I fel that now is the time. I am in excellent health and have, I hope, many more years to go. I want to enjoy my 86th plus birthday. JOHN WALL VK2[/p][/quote]You shouldn't have been driving anyway. Tired of old people endangering innocent members of the public. At 75 all drivers should be forced to stop driving. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -17

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