A woman has died after suffering a ‘drastic’ brain haemorrhage when she fell over after passing cars splashed water at her.
Hilda Moore, 95, hit the ground after motorists went through a puddle in Mareham Lane, in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, on Friday. Doctors told her family that there was nothing they could do to help her and she was taken to a quiet room at Lincoln County Hospital for her final days.
Speaking before she died her son-in-law Peter Wheeldon said: ‘She has suffered a drastic brain haemorrhage, she has been moved to a quiet place in Lincoln County hospital to die in the most comfortable way there is.
‘My wife is coping, her mum was 95 so we are prepared for her to pass on, but to go in that way is distressing. ‘We want to raise the issue that you can’t keep driving through puddles. It was not just the first two or three vehicles as more continued to come through. You shouldn’t go through a puddle at 30mph.
None of the vehicles that splashed Mrs Moore as she was walking home from the shops stopped to check how she was. Mr Wheeldon said the puddle created a bow wave, pushing water to the side of the road – it was then sent crashing onto the pavement where his mother-in-law was standing.
Two men in a van travelling the other way stopped and called an ambulance, and she was taken to hospital. A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance service said: ‘We received a call on April 27 at 4.18pm to an incident outside Aldi on Mareham Lane, Sleaford. ‘The caller reported a patient who had fallen. We sent a double crewed ambulance and one patient was taken to Lincoln County Hospital for further care.’
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: ”An investigation is underway to try and establish the exact circumstances relating to this incident. A number of witnesses have already been spoken to but we would like to hear from you if you have not already spoken to police and saw anything which could assist the enquiry.’ Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and quote incident number 352 of April 27.
Drivers who splash people deliberately can be prosecuted for a public order offence under section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is an offence to drive ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’, and this includes any instance of ‘driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed’.
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