Watch the moment a pensioner is hit by an electric scooter in Bexhill

THE moment a pensioner was hit by an e-scooter rider trying to evade police was caught on video.

Myra Wood, 79, suffered a fractured eye socket and was unable to eat solid food for six weeks after being punched by Paul Satchell on December 1, 2020.

Satchell, who is not a permanent resident, was sentenced by Lewes Crown Court on September 9 to 16 months in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Two officers had told him to stop riding the e-scooter at Watermill Lane, Bexhill, but Satchell ignored them and drove away.

The Argus: The scooter he rodeThe scooter he rode

The 58-year-old drove at high speed while looking at officers behind him.

He bumped into Ms Wood, who was knocked over and suffered “serious injuries” that left her in hospital for two days.

Satchell was also thrown from his scooter but was unhurt.

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

In addition, his driver’s license was revoked for a further three years and eight months.

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

The Argus: Paul Satchell was sentenced to 16 months in prisonPaul Satchell was sentenced to 16 months in prison

Myra Wood, who was 77 at the time, agreed the footage is being shared online to warn people of the dangers e-scooters can send to others.

Ms Wood 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.”

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.

Collision unit investigator Chris McGuckin said after the case: “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.” Watch the moment a pensioner is hit by an electric scooter in Bexhill

Fry Electronics Team

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