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UPDATE: 86-year-old man on mobility scooter dies after collision on South Molton crossing

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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AN 86-year-old who was hit by a car while crossing the road on his mobility scooter in South Molton has died.

The man was knocked over at around 11.20am on Saturday morning on a zebra crossing outside Sainsbury’s on New Road.

The collision involved a blue Ford Focus registered to South Molton.

The road was closed for three hours and Devon Air Ambulance was called to the scene.

The man was unconscious at the scene and suffered serious head injuries. He was taken to North Devon District Hospital by land ambulance.

Police say the man died in hospital on Monday evening, after being in a critical condition for two days. His family have been informed.

Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident. If you have any information, call non-emergency number 101 quoting log 264 of January 11.

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  • Pravda  |  January 16 2014, 1:35PM

    The CPS decide based on the police file. Of course we don't know that the guy on the mobility scooter was using the crossing properly for the moment either. This could be the second time an elderly driver has been guilty of reckless driving in association with injuries/deaths caused at pedestrian crossings in the town.

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  • ndjtom  |  January 16 2014, 8:13AM

    I don't know who decides public interest. Anyone of any age who knocks down and kills someone on a pedestrian crossing should be punished equally - age should be irrelevant. If it was an 18-year-old who did this, everyone would be crying for him to be jailed; but if it is indeed a 79-year-old, he will get sympathy from the police/courts. Young drivers do dangerous things, but it's never a young driver when you hear stories of driving the wrong way down a motorway, mounting a pavement full of people or pressing the accelerator instead of the brake.

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  • Pravda  |  January 14 2014, 2:52PM

    Sadly I had to rely on other news sources to realise the driver was a 79 year old himself, so it's likely he might be asked to surrender his licence and that will be that, doubt anything more is in the public interest (unless he was drunk or uninsured).

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  • mimhughes  |  January 14 2014, 11:07AM

    how sad, so sorry for the family, my deepest sympathy.

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  • Pravda  |  January 14 2014, 9:24AM

    Not the first time it's happened in South Molton ......

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  • mimhughes  |  January 13 2014, 4:41PM

    On a zebra crossing , is no where safe , wish him a speedy recovery

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  • will_at_sm  |  January 11 2014, 8:16PM

    long straight road but it's not Mill Street. It's New Road.

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  • Smolton23  |  January 11 2014, 6:38PM

    How the hell do you hit someone on that road?

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