Disabled woman is victim of hit-and-run

NDET 19-10-12 TW 2 Frances Burr knocked off her scooter
NDET 19-10-12 TW 2 Frances Burr knocked off her scooter

A disabled woman said she has lost her confidence and independence after she was the victim of a hit-and-run on her mobility scooter.

Frances Burr, 43, of Holmehall, was injured during the collision on the West Bars roundabout, at the junction with Chatsworth Road and Foljambe Road.

Mrs Burr, who has cerebral palsy and suffers from problems with her spine, was crossing the road when a speeding car in the inside lane clipped her scooter sending her flying in to the road.

The scooter, which was badly damaged in the incident, is now off the road and Mrs Burr has been told it could be several weeks before it is fixed.

She added: “I’ve only had the scooter for about six months and it cost me £1,200.

“It has given me my independence and without it I can’t get around.

“I don’t know how long it will take to fix because I’ve been told there is a backlog.”

Repair work is set to cost hundreds of pounds to fix a damaged bumper and broken suspension on the scooter, which is insured.

Mrs Burr, who lives with her husband Neil, 43, in Hanbury Close, suffered bruising to her leg following the collision on Monday, October 15.

She said: “This has really dented my confidence and it’ll be some time before I feel I can go out alone again.

“I had a road accident when I was six and suffer from a bent and crumbling spine so I’m in quite a lot of pain but this had made things worse.”

A kind passer-by helped Mrs Burr back in to her scooter and she was taken to hospital for a check-up.

Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.