Careless driver 'playing on her phone' accelerates into 70-year-old

Careless driver 'playing on her

Careless driver 'playing on her phone' accelerates into 70-year-old

Careless driver 'playing on her phone' accelerates into 70-year-old grandmother after stopping seconds earlier to apparently let her cross road

  • Christine Oglethorpe was crossing the road in Batley when she was hit by a car
  • The 70-year-old grandmother was knocked to the ground by the large 4x4
  • The driver stopped and checked on Ms Oglethorpe before leaving the scene 
  • Mrs Oglethorpe believes the driver was 'playing on their mobile phone'  
  • West Yorkshire Police confirmed they would like to speak to the 4x4 driver 

This is the moment a careless driver 'playing on her phone' accelerated into an elderly grandmother- despite stopping seconds earlier to apparently let her cross the road. 

Christine Oglethorpe was crossing the busy street in Batley, West Yorkshire, when the white 4x4 appeared to stop to allow her to cross as the traffic was reasonably slow moving. 

However as the 70-year-old pensioner reached directly in front of the vehicle, the female driver can be seen accelerating suddenly, smashing into Mrs Oglethorpe and sending her flying into a heap on the ground. 

This is the shocking moment a 70-year-old grandmother is struck by a white 4x4 in Batley, West Yorkshire last month

This is the shocking moment a 70-year-old grandmother is struck by a white 4x4 in Batley, West Yorkshire last month

The car initially stopped at the scene and the female driver got out to see if Christine Oglethorpe was okay. West Yorkshire police said they are trying to track down the driver

The car initially stopped at the scene and the female driver got out to see if Christine Oglethorpe was okay. West Yorkshire police said they are trying to track down the driver

The pensioner suffered deep cuts to her legs and arms and is now too scared to visit her local shops or even get into her own car. The driver initially ran over to help Ms Oglethorpe to safety, along with three others, but quickly left the scene without leaving her details, prompting police to call on her to come forward. 

The shock of the collision also brought back painful memories for Ms Oglethorpe, after her own mother was killed in a car accident when she was just 14 years old. 

Ms Oglethorpe, from Ossett, West Yorkshire, said: 'I acknowledged the driver by lifting my hand up and started crossing. 

'Then she set off again and just knocked me over. It's as if she was playing on her phone or something. 

'I just saw this car coming towards me and realised it wasn't going to stop. 'I was down on the floor trying to get up and the lads came running out of the building. 

'She got out and asked if she could take me anywhere. I said no. 'One of the lads took me over the road to my car and as I passed her, she set off. 

'My grandson was annoyed that she hadn't left her details but I was all shook up. 

Christine Oglethorpe, pictured, suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a car in Bately, West Yorkshire last month

Christine Oglethorpe, pictured, suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a car in Bately, West Yorkshire last month

'It happened then it was over - there were no details left. She made a quick exit. 'I wouldn't have done that. Or if I had [left] in shock, I would have called back a couple of days later to check how the person was.' T

he incident has left the grandmother-of-13, who had been to visit her grandson Shane Gardiner, 30, at his garage as he was repairing her car, too scared to go out. She claims the smash has left her in a 'shocking state'. 

Ms Oglethorpe said: 'I'm terrible at the moment. I just can't cope with myself. 'I've been looking after my grandson who's eight. I'm frightened of driving with him in the car even though it wasn't me who hit someone. I'm frightened about what could happen. 

'I'm hoping I'll overcome this, but it's scared me. It's left me in a shocking state. 

'I live near a school and the zebra crossings are busy at school time so I avoid that. I won't even go to the local shops. 

Mrs Oglethorpe suffered cuts and bruises
Mrs Oglethorpe suffered cuts and bruises

Mrs Oglethorpe, suffered cuts and bruises following the incident in Bately on June 12

Mrs Oglethorpe suffered cuts and bruises
Mrs Oglethorpe suffered cuts and bruises

Mrs Oglethorpe managed to drive herself to hospital after being struck by the large car

'I went to see my doctor and I was upset there. My feet are swelling up all the time. 

'I've just no interest in anything at the moment, whereas usually I'd go up and down the motorway with no problem. 

'I also lost my mother in a road accident when I was 14. She was knocked off her bike and killed instantly. Even though that was years ago, this brought it all back.' 

Mrs Oglethorpe said she was able to drive herself to the Dewsbury and District Hospital following the incident. 

Mrs Oglethorpe, pictured, said she lost her mother to a road traffic accident when she was only 14

Mrs Oglethorpe, pictured, said she lost her mother to a road traffic accident when she was only 14

She only suffered cuts and grazes which required minor treatment. After being discharged from hospital. 

CCTV footage of the incident has been uploaded onto the internet. 

West Yorkshire Police are currently trying to identify the driver of the car: A spokesperson said: 'Police received a report on 14th June of a road traffic collision which occurred at 5:30pm on June 12, outside an MOT Centre on Bradford Road in Batley. 

'A 70-year-old woman was struck by a white coloured vehicle as she crossed the road and subsequently attended hospital for treatment to minor injuries. 

'The driver of the vehicle did stop at the time to check the welfare of the pedestrian before leaving the scene of the incident. 

'Officers have contacted the victim and made CCTV enquiries, however, the footage recovered does not provide indication as to the identity of the driver. 

'We would therefore call on the female driver of the white vehicle to come forward and assist in enquiries around the incident. 

'Likewise, we would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may hold dash-cam footage or have access to further CCTV in the vicinity.' 

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