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Woman on mobility scooter hit by pickup in Kelowna mall parking lot

A Kelowna woman is telling drivers to slow down and pay attention after she witnessed an accident. A pickup truck knocked a disabled woman off her scooter last night and the driver initially left the scene of the accident.

Sandy Lintick was driving along Harvey Avenue when she saw what she thought was a garbage bin being hit by a pickup coming out of the Orchard Park Shopping Centre’s parking lot. But when traffic slowed down she saw it was a woman on a scooter who was knocked to the ground.

“She had no way to get up,” Lintick said. “She would have got run over, nobody was stopping… I tried to get her up and that wasn’t happening.”

Eventually, two men got out of their vehicle to help and someone called 9-1-1.

The pedestrian, a 51-year-old woman, was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries, according an RCMP press release. The driver of the pickup, a 25-year-old Kelowna man, initially left the scene of the collision, but returned a short time later, and cooperated fully with the investigation. He has been issued a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without consideration.

The woman's scooter was destroyed, Lintick said. 

She decided to share the story in order to bring awareness to the situation as driving is hectic in that area and as a wall to find support from the community to help her move on from what she saw.

“I was really (upset) that people didn’t stop,” she said. “It was a busy area, we should be paying attention because there’s so much traffic coming out of the mall and people are walking everywhere. I stood there and had to beg people to help me, what’s wrong with people?”

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