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Grandmother left gravely injured by wall of water thrown up by cars

Hilda Moore, 95, was knocked over and hit her head on the ground after she was hit in the face by water, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, on Friday, April 27

A grandmother has been gravely injured and is likely to die in hospital after she was hit by a wall of water thrown up by cars driving through a puddle.

Hilda Moore, 95, was knocked to the ground when she was hit in the face by the water in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, on Friday, April 27.

The severe impact caused a large brain haemorrhage from which she is not expected to recover. Lincoln County Hospital has given her a quiet room to stay for her final hours.

None of the drivers who splashed her stopped to see how she was, it is claimed.

Mrs Moore’s son-in-law, Peter Wheeldon, 68, said she was walking home from the shops when a vehicle then came through and sent the bow wave crashing onto the pavement where Mrs Moore, who walks with a stick, was standing. 

The force of the impact then knocked her down.

Mr Wheeldon added: ‘She was rescued by two men in a van going in the opposite direction.

‘They rushed to help her. People still drove through the puddles and they had to put umbrellas up to stop her getting wet. They called for an ambulance.’

Mr Wheeldon said she was taken to Lincoln County Hospital where doctors discovered she had an enormous brain haemorrhage.

He said: ‘She was on the pavement and would have been visible to drivers. My wife and I had driven through about half an hour before. It was clear that the road was flooded and you would be able to see someone.

‘None of the cars that drove through the puddle stopped.’

Mr Wheeldon does not believe any of the drivers deliberately splashed his mother-in-law and may not know she was injured.

He 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, but her mum was 95 so we are prepared for her to pass on but to go in that way is distressing. My daughter and I are so cross.

‘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.

Mrs Moore often played golf until she was 92, and also played bridge at Sleaford golf club and visited the twin towns of Sleaford in both France and Germany

Mrs Moore often played golf until she was 92, and also played bridge at Sleaford golf club and visited the twin towns of Sleaford in both France and Germany

‘You shouldn’t go through a puddle at 30 miles per hour. It’s quite probable they [the drivers] don’t know they have done it.

‘There is nothing we can do for her but we want to try to bring it to people’s attention that driving through floods when there is a pedestrian on the pavement is not right.’

Mrs Moore often played golf until she was 92, and also played bridge at Sleaford golf club and visited the twin towns of Sleaford in both France and Germany.

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.’

Lincolnshire Police said they are appealing for information.

A spokesperson said: ‘It was reported that she fell to the ground but it is not yet clear what caused her to fall and sustain her injuries. She was taken to hospital for treatment for a head injury.

‘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.



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