THE lack of footpaths along many of the streets in south Wonthaggi was an urgent talking point yesterday after a 78 year old local woman was knocked over while walking along Edgar Street.
In an incident which occurred at around 8.10am on Tuesday morning, March 14, it has been reported that an 18 year old Wonthaggi man, travelling to work along Edgar Street, in an easterly direction, has been affected by sunlight glare prior to hitting the elderly local resident.
The woman, who was using a wheeled walking frame when she was struck while walking along the roadway in a westerly direction, has sustained life-threatening injuries.
She was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital by air ambulance where she was being operated on, suffering from significant injuries to her legs and head.
Sergeant Jason Hullick of the Bass Coast Traffic Management Unit said a number of distraught local residents attended the scene, worried about the welfare of their elderly neighbour.
“It was a distressing situation.
“The young local fellow, on his way to work, simply didn’t see the lady walking along the roadway,” he said.
Sunlight glare appears to be the main factor involved but Sgt Hullick acknowledged there wasn’t a footpath in the street either.
The accident took place about 60 metres up from the intersection of Edgar Street with McKenzie Street.