Scooter, ute collide in Bendigo CBD crash

UPDATE, THURSDAY 9am: The mobility scooter driver who caused an accident at the intersection of Hargreaves and Chapel streets was given an infringement notice for failing to give way to oncoming traffic.

The man in his 50s drove into oncoming traffic and caused a car to swerve, hitting the scooter and a parked car.

Leading Senior Constable Niall King said it was a ticketable offence.

"They're classed as a wheelchair so they have the same rights as pedestrians," he said.

"Is there any way to really stop certain people from driving mobility scooters? I don't think there is.

"If you can't walk, then people need to have some way of getting around."

The mobility scooter driver was taken to Bendigo Health with minor cuts, abrasions and bruises.


UPDATE 10.20am: Leading Senior Constable Niall King said it appeared the mobility scooter had driven directly from the median strip into oncoming traffic.

"The car in the right lane broke suddenly and the mobility scooter continued across into the left lane," he said.

"The left lane car did not see him, swerved to avoid a collision, struck the mobility scooter and then struck a parked car."

EARLIER: A man has been taken to Bendigo Health after a car crash in the Bendigo CBD.

The mobility scooter he was driving collided with a white Nissan Patrol at the intersection of Chapel and Hargreaves streets, Bendigo, about 9.30am.

The Nissan then collided with a parked car after the driver swerved to try to avoid hitting the man.

The man in the mobility scooter was crossing Chapel Street at the time of the accident and another vehicle also swerved to avoid the man before the crash.

The parked car was a burgundy Hyundai Excel and the owner is yet to be notified of the damage.


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