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Disabled driver injured in row in Chippenham
7:20am Saturday 20th March 2010 in News
Disabled Susan Simmons is still recovering after having her car door slammed into her shoulder when she confronted a driver for parking in a disabled bay without a permit.
Mrs Simmons, 50, who lives in Chippenham, was left shaken and unable to move her shoulder after the incident, which took place in the Sainsbury’s car park just before 10am on Friday.
She said: “A normal person would have just been a bit bruised, but because I have two frozen shoulders, the one that was hit went into spasm.
“This lady knew I was disabled, but when I said ‘do you know what you have done?’ she just laughed.”
The dispute began in the car park of the Hathaway chemist in Middlefield Road where Mrs Simmons was picking up a prescription.
She said: “I was parked in the disabled bay and there was a car next to me.
“When the man’s wife came out I wound my window down and told them they should not be parked there.
“She gave me a bit of abuse and she was quite nasty about it, which I was not expecting because she was a smart looking woman in her 60s.”
Mrs Simmons then drove to Sainsbury’s to buy a pack of cigarettes to calm herself down.
When she arrived she saw the woman walking towards her, and believes the couple had followed her from the surgery.
They had words and Mrs Simmons tried to talk the woman down, but she shoved the door into her shoulder.
Despite this incident Mrs Simmons, who has been registered disabled for about ten years, will continue to challenge anyone who parks in a disabled bay without a blue badge.
She said: “When I got home my husband said maybe this will teach me not to confront people, but I will carry on.
“You can’t have people thinking they can just park in disabled bays. They are not there as something to take advantage of, they are there because we need them.”
The police are treating the incident as an assault. Witnesses are asked to call 0845 4087000.
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