Disabled man ignored after falling in road

Nickie Churchard, who rides a mobility scooter, fell off it last week and lay in the road as no-one helped him. His mother Janice Tinsley is furious that more than half a dozen people passed her son before someone came to his aid

Nickie Churchard, who rides a mobility scooter, fell off it last week and lay in the road as no-one helped him. His mother Janice Tinsley is furious that more than half a dozen people passed her son before someone came to his aid

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A disabled man was left stranded in the middle of the road for almost half an hour as cars swerved around him despite his pleas for help.

Nickie Churchard, 26, of Foxglove Close, Desborough, fell off his mobility scooter as he was entering his street and he lay in the road trapped underneath the machine for 25 minutes as vehicles drove around him and passers-by ignored his pleas.

He said: “I felt very vunerable and scared as cars were basically swerving round me.

“It’s not normal to see someone lying in the road trapped, but I was there for 25 minutes while cars and people passed me by.

“I shouted out to them and they just ignored me.”

The incident unfolded on Tuesday, September 11, as Mr Churchard was heading home after a volunteer shift at the town’s Marlow House community centre, in Gold Street.

He has no feeling in his left knee after a motorcycle accident in 2002 left him in a three-month coma, with doctors initially giving him little chance of survival.

As he pulled into his street on his way home from work, his bag got trapped on the reverse switch of the scooter, causing it to topple over, with Mr Churchard left trapped underneath and helpless.

He has injured his leg by pulling his tendons as a result of the accident.

After a string of passers-by and cars failed to stop to help him, a good samaritan from the area helped Mr Churchard up and made sure he was OK until his brother arrived from Northampton.

His mum, Janice Tinsley, 55, was on holiday when she receieved the news about her son’s accident.

She said: “I was utterly gobsmacked.

“It’s shameful that so many people didn’t stop to help him out, and the fact that it was in our own street, where people know him, adds insult to injury.

“I am thoroughly disheartened with the lack of compassion that was shown and I was appalled by the reaction of the so-called community here.

“The Grange in Desborough is soulless.

“There was no chance of Nickie getting up on his own.

“The Paralympics makes you more aware of disability but obviously not for some people.”