Hunter Valley police say an alleged attack on a woman riding a mobility scooter was particularly shocking, as it was unprovoked and the rider moved to let her assailants pass.

A 77-year-old Singleton woman suffered a fractured cheekbone, a broken wrist, and two broken ribs after a boy allegedly pushed her from her scooter on Saturday morning.

Officers said the boy was among a group of four, aged between 12 and 14, who fled the scene.

Hunter Valley Police duty officer, Inspector Joanne Shultz said the woman was minding her own business when she was set upon by the boy.

“This lady was riding her scooter home after doing some shopping in Singleton, on Primrose Lane, when she was passed by four young boys and one of them pushed her onto the road,” she said.

“She was aware of the boys walking towards her, she paid no attention to them and the next thing she remembers she was laying on the roadway.

“She is shocked and traumatised by it as most of the community is shocked by this.”

Inspector Shultz said it was particularly disturbing, as the woman moved to let the group pass.

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“In this case the woman actually moved to the side of the footpath to let the boys pass. So there was absolutely no reason to do what they did,” she said.

“Our heart goes out to this lady.

“We expect all our residents — especially our elderly residents — to be able to move around this town without having something like this happen to them.”

Senate inquiry focussing on mobility scooters

The assault on the woman comes at a time when a Senate committee is conducting an inquiry into mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs.

The probe is focussed on the number of deaths and injuries attributed to accidents involving mobility scooters in Australia since their introduction.

It is also looking at the causes of accidents and any current regulations governing the use of mobility scooters throughout Australia.

In several submissions, mobility scooter riders have told the inquiry that they were targeted by angry pedestrians when they used shared pathways.

originally publish by: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-19/woman-badly-injured-in-unprovoked-mobility-scooter-attack/9462136