Sophia Baston, 6, was struck by the e-scooter on her last day of school before half-term (Picture: BPM)
A young girl has been left experiencing flashbacks and nightmares after an e-scooter rider crashed into her on the way home from school.
Sophia Bastion, 6, was struck by the electronic vehicle on what was her last day at Wyndham Spencer Academy before half-term on May 27 and is now expected to use a wheelchair or be on crutches for the next eight weeks.
Her brother Cain, 10, also suffered a grazed arm in the incident when the rider – who was travelling in the opposite direction – fell on top of him.
Their mum Lisa Bastion, who was a couple of metres in front of the pair, only realised what had happened when Sophia screamed after the collision.
She alleged the female rider apologised to the family immediately but then rode away from the scene.
Police are now continuing their enquiries and have appealed for more information.
Lisa, 35, said: ‘On the school run, there is going to be loads of kids around. She [the rider] went straight into the kids, she went flying,
‘I turned around and the rider was on top of Cain, and Sophia was on the other side of the path. I have never had any incidents on that path whatsoever and Sophia was screaming.
Mum Lisa claimed the female rider said ‘oh, I’m sorry’ after the incident before riding off (Pictures: BPM/Google Maps)
‘The rider came out from nowhere, and she said “oh, I’m sorry” – she didn’t stay.
‘She got back on her scooter and rode off. How hard she must have hit them, she must have been speeding and not looking where she was going.’
Lisa took Sophia to a nearby post office and called 111, before her partner took her to Royal Derby Hospital when Sophia was struggling to walk.
She added Sophia has since woken up crying during the night as she experiences flashbacks.
Lisa said: ‘Sophia has nightmares and flinches in her sleep. I can hear her cry, so I think she may need counselling to help her, which is really bad for a six-year-old.
‘She was a happy child and was always very active, always running around. She is not one to sit still as she gets bored. It’s frustrating for her.’
The family are also considering taking a different route to school, while the academy plans to support Sophia with her learning while she is in a wheelchair.
Last year saw incidents involving e-scooters increase significantly in Derbyshire, with 19 recorded in 2021 compared to just three the year before.
While riding privately owned e-scooters on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes is illegal, rental scooters are allowed on the pavement in 30 areas involved in government trials – which includes Derby.
The vehicles still face opposition from charities, however, with the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) calling for e-scooters to be banned due to the risk they post to young, elderly and vulnerable people.
Sarah Gayton, street access campaign co-ordinator for NFBUK, said: ‘This shocking incident illustrates how dangerous these e-scooters are and why we are vehemently opposed to them becoming legalised.
‘E-scooters cannot be safely regulated and they can infiltrate every single pedestrian space, leaving vulnerable pedestrians like young children and elderly people in great danger of being knocked over, injured or frightened as they are ridden past pedestrians at speed on the pavements.
‘We have been to several of the rented e-scooter trials across England and have observed the Government backed ones being ridden all over the pavements showing that even when they are legal they cannot be safely controlled.
‘The police must step up their efforts to get all illegal e-scooters off the public highway in Derby and Derbyshire.
Lisa has described the rider involved in the collision with Sophia as being around 18 years old, was wearing a black hoodie, three-quarter length leggings, tanned skin and black hair.
A police spokesperson said: ‘We were contacted on Saturday, May 28, to reports that two children had suffered injuries following a collision the previous day in Derby.
‘The girl and boy are believed to have been walking with an adult along Harvey Road, in between Wyndham Primary School and the post office, when they were allegedly hit by an e-scooter, which was being ridden by a woman.’
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