Senior on scooter dies of collision injuries

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An elderly Elliot Lake man riding a mobility scooter died after being struck by a vehicle in that community last Sunday.

Donald Chartier, 80, was riding his scooter on Hillside Drive South in the early afternoon. He was hit by a minivan backing up out of a driveway, Const. Phil Young told The Sault Star.

Chartier was taken to St. Joseph’s General Hospital before being transferred to Sudbury for further treatment. He died on Wednesday.

Andrew Gazdik, 55, of Elliot Lake, was charged with careless driving.

Mobility scooters don’t have seatbelts. They should be used on sidewalks. There was a sidewalk on Hillside Drive South. If there’s no sidewalk, scooters should travel as close to the curb as possible and face oncoming traffic. OPP recommend scooter users wear a helmet in case they are involved in a collision or lose control of their mobility device.

Young attended a collision on Hillside Drive North in 2017 when a person lost control of a scooter and hit their head on the ground, later dying of their injuries.