Daughter’s safety plea after Sheffield grandmother killed crossing road in mobility scooter

Elizabeth Whitehead
Elizabeth Whitehead

The daughter of an elderly Sheffield grandmother who died after being knocked down on a pedestrian crossing has called for safety improvements.

Sheffield Coroner’s Court was told Elizabeth Whitehead, aged 77, died after being knocked down while crossing Broad Lane on October 16, 2013.

She drove out onto the road in her mobility scooter at about 2pm while the light was green for vehicles.

It was raining heavily on the day of the tragedy and Ms Whitehead was wearing a jacket with a hood up, the court was told.

The lights had just changed when Ms Whitehead – a mother of five and grandmother of 11 – was knocked off her scooter by a red Mazda being driven by Sarmad Farhan.

She was taken to Northern General Hospital where she died of head injuries and bleeding.

Ms Whitehead’s daughter Bernadette Harris, aged 57, after the inquest called for audio signals at the crossing.

She said: “Other crossings in that area have beeps.

“I really do think the accident could have been avoided if it did.”

Mr Farhan told the court he did not see the woman before the impact.

He said: “I could see the light was green however I did not proceed straight away because I didn’t have enough room.

“So once I had five yards of room, I proceeded. That’s when I noticed I was hit by the scooter.”

PC Andrew House, investigating the collision, said the car did hit the scooter, which crossed the road 1.5 seconds after the lights went green.

Assistant deputy coroner Julian Fox recorded a verdict of road traffic collision.