ACCIDENT: Linda Allen was hit by a car at an intersection she uses regularly.
ACCIDENT: Linda Allen was hit by a car at an intersection she uses regularly. john mccutcheon

Caloundra pensioner shaken after hit-and-run ordeal

IT HAS been four days since Linda Allen was involved in a hit-and-run on her scooter, but the Caloundra pensioner is still coming to terms with what happened.

The 77-year-old was on her mobility scooter in Golden Beach about 4.30pm on Thursday when she attempted to cross the road at North St near the Oaks Oasis Resort.

It was an intersection she was familiar with, having navigated it countless times since she swapped her car for the scooter five years ago.

"I watched as cars went past and made sure nothing was coming and I was halfway across the road when all of a sudden this car was on top of me," Ms Allen said.

"The car side-swiped me and I'm still not sure if it was the front or the back that hit me, I was just busy trying to stay on my bike.

"I looked around once I got to the other side, which was the first thing I wanted to do before someone else hit me, and the car was swerving all across the road and (the driver) had to have known (they'd) hit me, but (they) didn't wait and just went on."

Ms Allen struggled onto the footpath on the other side and found her back wheel was badly damaged.

Unable to walk the 650 metres home due to congestive cardio failure, Ms Allen was stranded until two strangers came to her aid.

"I asked a lady to use her mobile phone and she spent over an hour on the phone to the RACQ, who refused to come and pick me up as I wasn't a member," she said.

"Her name was Monica and she didn't tell me her surname because she didn't want any acknowledgement, but she was amazing.

"After the RACQ gave us the royal runaround, we got the police down there and then a tow truck driver named Tony came and took me home.

"He was fantastic and wouldn't even charge me for taking the scooter home."

With the scooter promptly mended, the only sign of the accident is a lingering bruise on Ms Allen's arm.

The police made some inquiries to track down the driver, but were unable to act any further as Ms Allen was not seriously injured.

While Ms Allen accepts half of the responsibility of the accident, she said the least the driver could have done was stop to see if she was alright.

She encouraged other mobility scooter riders to be vigilant.

"I've had a couple of near-misses before where people are watching the road and not the footpath," Ms Allen said.

"You have got to think for the people who are not thinking."



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