Woman left 'traumatised' after collision urges witnesses to come forward

Bournemouth Echo: ‘traumatised’: Maggie Russell at the spot where she was hit by a car at Rossmore Road leaving her with several broken bones in her foot ‘traumatised’: Maggie Russell at the spot where she was hit by a car at Rossmore Road leaving her with several broken bones in her foot

A POOLE woman knocked down by a car as she walked her dog is urging any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Maggie Russell, 64, was involved in the crash on November 7 last year as she crossed Rossmore Road from Good Road.

She claimed that police were unable to charge the driver with an offence, but that she has been left 'traumatised' by the incident.

However, a Dorset Police spokesperson said the motorist agreed to take a driving course following the collision, and will not be charged with an offence.

Mrs Russell suffered four broken bones in her foot, and spent around a month in plaster.

“The effect this has had on my life has been absolutely huge,” she said. I feel like I’ve lost my confidence. It was so upsetting and frightening for me, and to hear that nothing is being done about this man is such a blow.”

Mrs Russell, of Herbert Avenue, was walking dog Bella at around 5pm when the collision took place.

She said the driver of the car, a man in his fifties, had been sitting at the junction when she started to cross the road.

However, as she approached the broken white lines, he drove towards her on the wrong side of the road and struck her at around five miles per hour.

The vehicle then ran over her foot.

Mrs Russell said: “All I could think about was Bella – she ran off and I couldn’t see where she had gone.

“The man didn’t even call the police. He just stood by his car while I lay sobbing in the road. I’ve been told that he won’t be prosecuted but I just want anyone who saw what happened to come forward to the police.”

A spokesman from Dorset Police said: “This matter has been dealt with by officers, and the appropriate action has now been taken.”

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11:57am Sat 4 Jan 14

steelpaul says...

Police don't feel there is any case, this is clearly a plea for witnesses so she can take the matter to the comp courts, yet another example of broken Britain
Police don't feel there is any case, this is clearly a plea for witnesses so she can take the matter to the comp courts, yet another example of broken Britain steelpaul

12:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

A new look to the normal folded arms picture though with the addition of the ski boot, very effective
A new look to the normal folded arms picture though with the addition of the ski boot, very effective nosuchluck54

12:08pm Sat 4 Jan 14

steelpaul says...

Traumatised, it's not like she was mugged, makes me laugh, honestly, she injured her foot, I'm sure it was painful, I'm sure the gentleman was sorry, let it go, how can you be left traumatised by this, last week I kicked my toe up on the kerb, I've been left traumatised by the whole affair, any witnesses please come forward
Traumatised, it's not like she was mugged, makes me laugh, honestly, she injured her foot, I'm sure it was painful, I'm sure the gentleman was sorry, let it go, how can you be left traumatised by this, last week I kicked my toe up on the kerb, I've been left traumatised by the whole affair, any witnesses please come forward steelpaul

1:12pm Sat 4 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

steelpaul wrote:
Traumatised, it's not like she was mugged, makes me laugh, honestly, she injured her foot, I'm sure it was painful, I'm sure the gentleman was sorry, let it go, how can you be left traumatised by this, last week I kicked my toe up on the kerb, I've been left traumatised by the whole affair, any witnesses please come forward
But are you wearing a ski boot? if not slip one on this afternoon for a few hours and then see what trauma is lol
[quote][p][bold]steelpaul[/bold] wrote: Traumatised, it's not like she was mugged, makes me laugh, honestly, she injured her foot, I'm sure it was painful, I'm sure the gentleman was sorry, let it go, how can you be left traumatised by this, last week I kicked my toe up on the kerb, I've been left traumatised by the whole affair, any witnesses please come forward[/p][/quote]But are you wearing a ski boot? if not slip one on this afternoon for a few hours and then see what trauma is lol nosuchluck54

1:13pm Sat 4 Jan 14

poolebabe says...

I really don't know what she expects the police to do? The guy ran over her foot doing 5mph. What does she want? A custodial sentence? I'm sure the foot is painful, but she was crossing the road, at a busy, awkward junction during rush hour presumably in the dark. The driver had to pay and take a course for that. I would suggest a pedestrian awareness course for those who can't remember the green cross code!!
I really don't know what she expects the police to do? The guy ran over her foot doing 5mph. What does she want? A custodial sentence? I'm sure the foot is painful, but she was crossing the road, at a busy, awkward junction during rush hour presumably in the dark. The driver had to pay and take a course for that. I would suggest a pedestrian awareness course for those who can't remember the green cross code!! poolebabe

1:18pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

I'm very sorry this happened to this lady.

One thing- when they took my photo which got used in the local rag they asked me to fold my arms.

I didn't!
I'm very sorry this happened to this lady. One thing- when they took my photo which got used in the local rag they asked me to fold my arms. I didn't! Bournemouth Ohec

1:30pm Sat 4 Jan 14

adspacebroker says...

Tufty told me t to look both ways when crossing the road and if there was any vehicle in the vicinity then wait as you don't know if they have seen you and what they might do. The driver has admitted his misdemeanor by agreeing to go on an educational course at @ £100 of his own money. If he commits a further offence in the next three years he will get pinged. Whilst the collision is unfortunate you do have the opportunity to claim for damages and compensation directly from his insurance company...it could be worth a few Rossmore Rupees!
Tufty told me t to look both ways when crossing the road and if there was any vehicle in the vicinity then wait as you don't know if they have seen you and what they might do. The driver has admitted his misdemeanor by agreeing to go on an educational course at @ £100 of his own money. If he commits a further offence in the next three years he will get pinged. Whilst the collision is unfortunate you do have the opportunity to claim for damages and compensation directly from his insurance company...it could be worth a few Rossmore Rupees! adspacebroker

1:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

60plus says...

Maybe the photographer needs to go on a course to stop him taking photo's of people with their arms folders .
Maybe the photographer needs to go on a course to stop him taking photo's of people with their arms folders . 60plus

2:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

Bournemouth Ohec wrote:
I'm very sorry this happened to this lady.

One thing- when they took my photo which got used in the local rag they asked me to fold my arms.

I didn't!
I bet you did !
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouth Ohec[/bold] wrote: I'm very sorry this happened to this lady. One thing- when they took my photo which got used in the local rag they asked me to fold my arms. I didn't![/p][/quote]I bet you did ! nosuchluck54

3:20pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Have they got any knockdown offers at rossy Co-Op?
Have they got any knockdown offers at rossy Co-Op? BIGTONE

3:58pm Sat 4 Jan 14

LornaBournemouth says...

My god look at just how traumatised she looks!!
My god look at just how traumatised she looks!! LornaBournemouth

9:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

uvox44 says...

Glad to see people on here seem to think being injured on the roads is a joking matter- what a lot of small-minded, nasty , cynical people on here.
Glad to see people on here seem to think being injured on the roads is a joking matter- what a lot of small-minded, nasty , cynical people on here. uvox44

12:10am Sun 5 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Your foot got 4 broken bones, the car was doing 5mph! Get a life take your ski boot off and stop your attention seeking story sad case! Seriously!
Your foot got 4 broken bones, the car was doing 5mph! Get a life take your ski boot off and stop your attention seeking story sad case! Seriously! hooplaa

12:16am Sun 5 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Why do the echo report this ****?! Its not news!!!!
Why do the echo report this ****?! Its not news!!!! hooplaa

9:08am Sun 5 Jan 14

High Treason says...

a Dorset Police spokesperson said the motorist agreed to take a driving course following the collision, and will not be charged with an offence.

Oh well, drive on the wrong side of the road, knock someone down and get off with a driving course. He got off free whilst she suffered injuries. Lazy police as he should have been charged with driving without due care and attention.
a Dorset Police spokesperson said the motorist agreed to take a driving course following the collision, and will not be charged with an offence. Oh well, drive on the wrong side of the road, knock someone down and get off with a driving course. He got off free whilst she suffered injuries. Lazy police as he should have been charged with driving without due care and attention. High Treason

11:15am Sun 5 Jan 14

dicey halo says...

To me it seems the driver was more traumatised by the incident. The fact he just stood there and did not call the police sounds like he was in shock.
Perhaps he should claim compo for the fact this numpty put herself in the road in front of his car.
Ps. Take it she got her dog back? Obviously bella is too traumatised to go out walking with this woman again, hence not in the photo.
To me it seems the driver was more traumatised by the incident. The fact he just stood there and did not call the police sounds like he was in shock. Perhaps he should claim compo for the fact this numpty put herself in the road in front of his car. Ps. Take it she got her dog back? Obviously bella is too traumatised to go out walking with this woman again, hence not in the photo. dicey halo

5:02am Mon 6 Jan 14

ol'bag lady says...

uvox44 wrote:
Glad to see people on here seem to think being injured on the roads is a joking matter- what a lot of small-minded, nasty , cynical people on here.
Yes - get off!
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: Glad to see people on here seem to think being injured on the roads is a joking matter- what a lot of small-minded, nasty , cynical people on here.[/p][/quote]Yes - get off! ol'bag lady

6:17am Mon 6 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

ol'bag lady wrote:
uvox44 wrote:
Glad to see people on here seem to think being injured on the roads is a joking matter- what a lot of small-minded, nasty , cynical people on here.
Yes - get off!
Well said LOL
[quote][p][bold]ol'bag lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: Glad to see people on here seem to think being injured on the roads is a joking matter- what a lot of small-minded, nasty , cynical people on here.[/p][/quote]Yes - get off![/p][/quote]Well said LOL nosuchluck54

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