Pensioners agony after being hit by e-scooter in Bexhill

A PENSIONER who was hit by a fleeing e-scooter driver has spoken of the mental anguish since the incident.

Myra Wood, 79, was hospitalized for two days and was unable to eat solid food for six weeks after the accident.

Ms Wood was met by Paul Satchell, 58, who was trying to escape police after she warned him to stop.

Satchell ignored them, turned and rode away.

The Argus: Paul SatchellPaul Satchel

He was driving at high speed down Watermill Lane in Bexhill and looked back at officers who were chasing him in their car.

Ms Wood was left with a broken eye socket after he hit her crossing the street.

Satchell was unharmed.

Satchell, who has no fixed address, was sentenced to 16 months in prison on September 9 after being charged with causing serious injury by driving dangerously.

The two police officers arrested Satchell and administered first aid to Mrs. Wood.

She said the accident on December 1, 2020 affected her deeply. She 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.”

The Argus: The e-scooter Satchell droveThe e-scooter Satchell drove

Ms Wood previously enjoyed an active life with regular walks, visits to shops and church every Sunday in Bexhill and Sidley.

She was in extreme fear and felt “terrified” to cross the street after the incident.

E-scooters are not allowed to drive on sidewalks and streets.

Satchell was also suspended from driving for a further three years and eight months.

Collision unit investigator Chris McGuckin said after the case: “This was a particularly unusual case as it involved an electric scooter. We could only charge Satchell if it was determined that the e-scooter was a “vehicle” within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act.

The Argus: The moment Satchell knocked over Mrs WoodThe moment Satchell knocked Mrs. Wood over

“The swift actions of PC Daniel Turk and PC Jason Kemp to impound the e-scooter and then the investigation and photographs taken by PC Dave Upjohn from our Roads Policing Unit ensured we were able to show that it was a ‘vehicle with mechanical drive’. To the satisfaction of the CPS.

“Satchell initially pleaded not guilty and the matter was sent to the Crown Court for trial.

“But he failed to appear in court several times. Arrest warrants were issued against him. When he was arrested and appeared in court, the evidence was so strong that he had no choice but to change his plea to guilty.

“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.” Pensioners agony after being hit by e-scooter in Bexhill

Fry Electronics Team

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