Maude’s plea to drivers

Patient Maude Rubner with Sister Susan Bowen at the Urgent Care Centre (A&E) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Patient Maude Rubner with Sister Susan Bowen at the Urgent Care Centre (A&E) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A 90-year-old pensioner who was hit by a car on a zebra crossing has made an impassioned plea for drivers in Fylde to be more observant and aware.

Maude Rubner, of Ansdell, has been left with a fractured arm and bruising all down one side of her body after the collision with a car.

From the police, ambulance crew and doctors, everyone was astounded that she only suffered one fractured arm and the bruising all down her body.

Daughter, Deborah Kirk

The incident happened on St Annes Road West, St Annes, last Monday at 10am.

Mrs Rubner said: “Drivers need to be more observant and anticipate better on the roads.

“I took my advanced driving test many years ago and its the bible I live by.”

Her daughter Deborah Kirk, has had to move in with her mother to ensure she recovers from the accident.

Mrs Kirk believes drivers may have become complacent in the area and thinks that County Hall Road bosses may need to look into changing the set-up in the town centre.

She said: “I think local drivers become complacent in areas that are familiar and start to drive without thinking.

“I think the crossings in St Annes are too close together and by putting something new in the town to aid pedestrians may make drivers think again.”

Before last week, the 90-year-old went to the gym six days-a-week and regularly took part in Tai Chi sessions.

The accident has left Maude very frustrated that she has not been able to carry on her independent, active lifestyle.

She said: “I am very cross that this has happened to me as I like to keep myself really fit.

“It’s hard to forgive anyone at the moment when I can’t do anything for the time being.”

“I believe that all the exercise I do had my bones strong and helped this accident from being worse.”

Despite Mrs Rubner being adamant she will be back to the gym soon, her daughter is still worried for the long-term effects the collision may have on her mother.

“We still don’t know how she will heal,” she said.

“From the police, ambulance crew and doctors, everyone was astounded that she only suffered one fractured arm and the bruising all down her body. The terrible bruising really shows the impact that the hit had.”

St Annes Chamber of Trade co-ordinator, Arnold Sumner, last week said that the crossings in St Annes needed to be updated as markings there had become so worn down.

He said: “I think the lines that make up the crossings are getting worn out so they should be re-painted and the bushes need to be cut back to ensure shoppers can see the roads clearly.

“I will be interested to see Lancashire County Council say as there might be problems with crossing there now.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Fylde, said: “We receive regular reports from the police about incidents in which people are injured on our roads.

“We’ll look at the circumstances of what happened last Monday and consider whether we could reasonably do anything to prevent a similar incident in future.”