UPDATE: Kelowna senior sustains serious injury after being struck while operating scooter

A truck struck a mobility scooter on Benvoulin Rd. in Kelowna on Thursday afternoon. Jeff Martin/ Global Okanagan


Kelowna RCMP say an an 80-year-old West Kelowna woman was rushed to hospital with serious injuries on Thursday afternoon after the motorized scooter she was riding collided with a full-sized pickup truck.

The scooter became partially wedged beneath the front tire of the truck. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m., along the 2900 block of Benvoulin Road.

Police belive the driver of the black Ford F150 was in the process of making a right-hand turn, entering into traffic from a parking lot laneway, when the collision unfolded.

“Early findings at the scene suggest that the mobility scooter was being operated in the bike lane, travelling against the flow of traffic,” said Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

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“Motorized wheel chair or scooter operators are treated similarly to pedestrians and are reminded to be extra cautious when approaching and crossing driveway or laneway accesses to roadways.”

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Police say the woman sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital.

Police believe the collision occurred at relatively slow speeds and that alcohol or other intoxicants are not believed to be contributing factors in the incident.



EDITORS NOTE: ICBC states that mobility scooters should be treated like pedestrians.

“Ride only where it’s safe and follow the same rules and guidelines as pedestrians,” says information on low-powered vehicles published by ICBC.

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A woman has been taken to Kelowna General Hospital after a truck struck her mobility scooter.

The collision happened just before 4 p.m. Thursday, on Benvoulin Road in front of Kelowna Christian School.

As emergency crews attended at the scene, the black pickup truck was at a stop, half-way over the sidewalk on Benvoulin, and the scooter was lying on its side on the truck’s passenger side.

The senior was conscious when she was transported to hospital and she is believed to have sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said the truck driver will not face charges but the reasons why are not clear.

Southbound traffic on Benvoulin was affected while crews cleared the accident scene.

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