Woman dies after scooter and vehicle collide in St. Jacobs
Published Thursday, August 2, 2012 11:10AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 2, 2012 6:14PM EDT
A 74-year-old St. Jacobs woman has died after her mobility scooter was involved in a collision with a southbound vehicle on King Street Wednesday morning.
Police say the crash occurred near Cedar Street around 11:30 a.m. and the woman was knocked to the ground and struck her head.
She was transported to Grand River Hospital before being airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital suffering from severe head injuries.
Doris Bast of St. Jacobs died Wednesday evening from her injuries.
Waterloo Region police say while mobility scooters are allowed on the roads and sidewalks, Bast was not using a crosswalk at the time of the collision.
Staff Sgt. Scott Diefenbaker says “The same rules of the road that apply to any pedestrian also apply to somebody in a mobility scooter.”
The vehicle involved was being driven by a 47-year-old Kitchener woman. Speed and alcohol are not believed to have been factors.
Police say the investigation is continuing and it’s too early to know if charges will be laid.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waterloo Regional Police Service at 519-650-8500 Ext. 8856.
Friends reflect on loss
Bast’s next door neighbour Emma Brubacher says she was chatting with her friend just two days ago.
“I sure didn’t think it was going to be the last time. It was just an ordinary evening. We’d chat and say goodnight. It’s a real shock.”
Peter and Elfreida Hildebrand live on the other side of Bast’s home and Elfreida says she was a wonderful person.
“We’re going to miss her terribly…Our lives will be changed too because she’s gone.”
Peter adds “She visited the other neighbours and she’s always interested in other people.”
They say Bast had multiple sclerosis, which is why she used the scooter, but add she was always cautious on the streets.