Mobility scooter crashed into bus after woman let eight-year-old steer
PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 20 January 2018
A disabled woman was sent into the path of a bus when she allowed an eight-year-old relative to partly control her mobility scooter.
Linda Foy and the child narrowly avoided serious injury when the scooter struck the side of the vehicle on Wendene Road in Norwich on July 3, 2017.
The 43-year-old was charged for driving without due care and attention, and pleaded guilty to the offence at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Foy and her husband Alex, of Montgomery Close, Bowthorpe, explained the circumstances surrounding the accident.
In 2014 Mrs Foy was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder (FND) and lost the use of her limbs.
She had previously been fit and healthy, but said the condition took left her housebound.
In order to give Mrs Foy more independence, the couple decided to invest in a mobility scooter.
However, because Mrs Foy only had use of her right thumb and forefinger, she required the help of an eight-year-old relative to steer it.
Mr Foy, 43, who is his wife’s full-time carer, said: “For two months they were using it together with no problem.
“We still don’t know exactly what happened. My wife did say all she remembers was looking up left and the bus was there.”
He stressed that his wife had control of the accelerator at all times as it was located on the right-hand-side.
Mrs Foy and the young relative, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been on the way to a doctor’s appointment when the accident took place.
Mrs Foy suffered bruising to her arm, but the child escaped unharmed.
They had been waiting at a crossing in the middle of the road when the accident happened.
Both the bus and scooter sustained minor damage.
The court accused Mrs Foy of allowing the relative to control the acceleration of the scooter.
Mrs Foy denies that the child had control of the accelerator. She said she pleaded guilty as she wanted to bring the case to an end.
“The whole plan was never to take it [the scooter] on the road,” she said. “The plan was to take some pressure off my husband.”
Mr Foy added: “All we can do is apologise.”
Magistrates issued Mrs Foy with an £80 fine and three points on her licence.