Mobility scooter man killed

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Under cover of darkness: The site of the man’s death on McClelland Drive, Langwarrin, Wednesday night. Picture: Gary Sissons

A MAN riding a mobility scooter died after being struck by a car in Langwarrin, Wednesday night (1 November).

Emergency services were called to McClelland Drive after the incident which involved a Toyota about 9.05pm.

The 47-year-old Langwarrin man died at the scene. A 62-year-old Sandhurst man driving the car stopped to help.

Sergeant Mark Sims, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the deceased man was a resident of the nearby Log Cabin Park. He was crossing the road near Storage King in a dark, unlit area and was not wearing reflective clothing or carrying a light.

“The driver of the Toyota only saw him at the last second and is devastated,” he said.

“There is no evidence of alcohol, drugs or speeding.”

After the fatality and following concerns from nearby residents, Frankston Council will investigate the site and surrounds to “determine if there are any actions that might be required” to make it safer.

“This is a terrible and unfortunate incident that has occurred within our local community,” Council CEO Dennis Hovenden said.

“Our thoughts are with the pedestrian, his family and friends during this difficult time.

“It appears the pedestrian was crossing at a non-designated crossing point. To the best of our knowledge, we have not received any complaints or requests regarding a pedestrian crossing; nor does there appear to be any recorded crash statistics for the site.”

Sergeant Sims said police investigating the collision had contacted Frankston Council to alert them to the area’s dangers.

Anyone who saw the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au online.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 November 2017

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