A PENSIONER has been left bruised and her wheelchair written off after a white van collided with her on a zebra crossing last week.
Pat Farguharson, 75, said she had virtually completed crossing the road in Ball Haye Street, Leek last Tuesday lunchtime (August 20) when a white van hit her wheelchair.
She has now urged the female driver of the van to come forward after she left the scene without giving her any details.
Mrs Farguharson, who lives on the Haregate Estate in Leek, said: "I have been driving around Leek in my wheelchair for 27 years without any problem. Last Tuesday I pulled up very carefully at the zebra crossing in Ball Haye Street. A bus had stopped and when I looked to the left I saw that a white van had also stopped.
"I then proceeded to cross the road, but just before I got to the pavement on the other side the van pulled off and hit me.
"I was in total shock. The van driver then parked up her vehicle and took me for a cup of tea at a cafe in Derby Street for about 10 minutes.
"She then left. I gave her my number, but all she told me about herself was that her name was Wendy.
"At night she rang me up to see how I was, but withheld her number."
The wheelchair, which cost £5,500, has now been examined and the main chassis is split, leaving it a right off. She has now had to have a temporary wheelchair supplied.
Mrs Farguharson added: "Why did this lady not give me her details. When she rang in the evening but when I told her about the wheelchair and the cost, she rang off. I have reported the matter to the police.
"I really hope the lady will come forward as I never thought she would leave without giving me her details.
"The bruising I received is down my left side and I am having shooting pains down my leg."
The female white van driver is described as about five feet five inches of average build with blonde hair and aged between 40 and 50.
Mrs Farguharson daughter, Helen Caldwell of Waterfall, said that they wanted the driver to come forward.
She said: "Mum has reported the incident to the police, but they do not seem that interested as they said they can't do anything without a registration number.
"My mum is bruised down her left side and the wheelchair is a right off. Another will cost a lot of money. I have now managed to track down the bus driver who witnessed the incident and who went to help my mother."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We received a report received just after 12.30pm on August 20 of alleged contact between elderly female in electric wheelchair and a white van on the crossing on Ball Haye Street at approximately 12 noon.
"The female driver got out of vehicle to check te woman. Police patrol visited the elderly female who had declined medical attention.
"Forms have been completed, as standard following a report of a road traffic collision, and sent to the force's Traffic Processing Office."