Woman, 94, shatters hip after being knocked over by 8-year-old boy on scooter in Wimbledon

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An elderly woman shattered her hip after she was knocked down in the street by a boy on a scooter, whose mother then claimed she was probably "just bruised".

Vera Broadbridge, 94, was returning from a shopping trip in Wimbledon on November 24 when she was knocked to the ground by a young boy on a scooter outside Wimbledon Library.

The boy, believed to be around eight years old, was with his mother at the time who has since been criticised for her "uncaring attitude" after walking off with her son, dismissing the pensioner's injuries and refusing to leave her details.

Staff at Wimbledon library instead helped Ms Broadbridge by calling an ambulance.

Ms Broadbridge, who shattered her hip in the fall, is now recovering from undergoing a hip replacement.

June Veacock, a friend of Ms Broadbridge’s, said: "She a 94 year old very spritely lady.

"It wasn't the accident so much but the attitude of the mother.

"All she said to Vera was ‘oh you have probably just bruised it’ and then left.

"She wouldn't wait and rushed off.

"What if that was your mother? "It’s just made us all so angry.

"Not only because its ruined Vera’s Christmas and health, but because of the woman’s uncaring attitude."

The 94-year-old is a long standing and active member of the Trinity United Reform Church in Mansel Road and regularly organises events including this year’s Christmas dinner which she missed today because of her recovery in hospital.

 

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7:06am Tue 3 Dec 13

bodon prifiz says...

What an example to set your child!! The mother should be ashamed, I hope she (it) has an awful Christmas!!
What an example to set your child!! The mother should be ashamed, I hope she (it) has an awful Christmas!! bodon prifiz

11:04am Tue 3 Dec 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Accidents happen, but this attitude afterwards stinks. If this "mother" sees this, you are the worst possible influence to your son, & you should be ashamed. You should also now contact police to put thinks right. Your son should learn the right way to deal with such things, if not from you, from others.
Accidents happen, but this attitude afterwards stinks. If this "mother" sees this, you are the worst possible influence to your son, & you should be ashamed. You should also now contact police to put thinks right. Your son should learn the right way to deal with such things, if not from you, from others. Hove Ex-Pat

7:09pm Tue 3 Dec 13

De66yh says...

Unfortunately these children on scooters are dashing about everywhere it is the parents responsibility really to make sure there not causing people problems. They can cause same amount of damage as if you was riding your bike on a pavement. The mother of this child should at least apologise to this woman and her family or she should be sought by the police because this is bodily harm her child has caused and this old lady may not recover, karma would be nice at this instance. Hope mrs broadbridge is okay. Get well soon.
Unfortunately these children on scooters are dashing about everywhere it is the parents responsibility really to make sure there not causing people problems. They can cause same amount of damage as if you was riding your bike on a pavement. The mother of this child should at least apologise to this woman and her family or she should be sought by the police because this is bodily harm her child has caused and this old lady may not recover, karma would be nice at this instance. Hope mrs broadbridge is okay. Get well soon. De66yh

3:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

trasie says...

To the boy's mother, you madam are a heartless b**ch. Your should be ashamed of yourself. Vera I'm very sorry that you have missed out on the Christmas party you helped organise but I'm sure everyone attending will be thinking of you in hospital recuperating. Get well soon Vera and have a lovely Christmas.
To the boy's mother, you madam are a heartless b**ch. Your should be ashamed of yourself. Vera I'm very sorry that you have missed out on the Christmas party you helped organise but I'm sure everyone attending will be thinking of you in hospital recuperating. Get well soon Vera and have a lovely Christmas. trasie

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