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Husband ‘drove over wife’s foot’
Friday, 27 April 2012
Woman is injured in accident
An elderly woman was rushed to hospital after her husband is believed to have accidentally run her over.
Glenda Stephenson, aged 77, suffered a suspected fractured hip in the accident outside the Dartmouth Medical Practice in Victoria Road, at around 2.30pm on Monday.
Mrs Stephenson had just stepped out of a Mercedes car being driven by her husband John when the accident happened.
Police believe the car ran over Mrs Stephenson’s foot before she fell to the ground, injuring her hip.
Mrs Stephenson was still being treated in hospital in Torquay on Tuesday, said Mr Stephenson.
He explained: ‘I dropped her off at the doctors. She was going to cross the road when a van shot by and she stepped back and hit my car as I was driving off. I was only doing about one mile per hour – hardly moving at all – and she fell over onto the road.’
He said he was not quite sure exactly what impact had occurred.
‘She was facing away from the car, so how she got her foot under the wheel I don’t quite know. I’m not saying she didn’t catch herself on something. She’s not quite sure what she did either.’
A police spokesman said Mrs Stephenson had suffered possible life-changing injuries.
Mr Stephenson said he was still waiting to hear from the hospital about how seriously injured his wife was.
‘They have said there is something wrong with her hip. She had had an operation on her other hip a few years ago and this one was already beginning to give her trouble,’ said 76-year-old Mr Stephenson.
The couple live in Thurlestone Gardens, Dartmouth.
Mrs Stephenson was treated by ambulance personnel as she lay in the road beside the couple’s car before being rushed to Torbay Hospital.
The road was closed for more than two hours as police officers examined the scene of the accident.
A police spokesman said Mrs Stephenson had been stabilised in the ambulance before being taken to hospital.
An investigation into the accident is being carried out.
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