Man on drug-driving charge after mobility scooter riding pensioner seriously hurt in Hartlepool road smash

A pensioner was badly hurt in a shocking smash which left his mobility scooter scattered across the road.
A pensioner was badly hurt in a shocking smash which left his mobility scooter scattered across the road.

A motorist has been hit with a drug-fuelled driving charge - five months after a mobility scooter rider was seriously hurt in a horror road smash in Hartlepool.

The injured pensioner spent several weeks in hospital - including being readmitted numerous times - since the collision on Belle Vue Way, Hartlepool, on October 17 of last year.

He continues to make a slow recovery from his injuries.

The 67-year-old's smashed-up scooter was strewn across the road after the collision, while the route was sealed off while police carried out investigations.

A man in his thirties has been charged with driving while over the specified drug limit and is due to appear in court next month.

He remains on bail for a further offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.