Scooter rider injured at Gallows Corner appealing for witnesses
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 August 2013
A woman injured after falling off her scooter in Romford is appealing for witnesses as she cannot remember how the incident occurred.
Nicola Bunton, 46, suffered a broken jaw and other afflictions when she came off her silver Vespa near Gallows Corner on August 12.
Mrs Bunton, a detective on the Metropolitan Police Service’s child abuse investigation team, was heading to Snaresbrook Crown Court for a trial when the incident happened at 9.50am.
She said: “All I can remember is approaching the flyover heading London-bound and the next thing I knew I was in hospital.
“I would love to know what happened.”
Mrs Bunton, who worked as a police officer in Romford for five years before moving to Rayleigh, Essex, is recovering from a variety of injuries.
She has a broken eye socket, cheekbone and jaw and she has lost several teeth.
She also had to have metal plates and screws inserted in her face.
Mrs Bunton said: “The concussion is the thing that’s making me feel terrible at the moment.
“I have a good few weeks of recovery left.”
After coming off her scooter, Ms Bunton was treated by paramedics, who placed her on a spinal board and in a neck collar.
She was then taken to Queen’s Hospital.
Mrs Bunton bought the vehicle in June, which is the first scooter she has owned.
She added: “I had a trendy open-face helmet on which looked great, but is the reason my face is broken.
“The scooter is a total loss and I hope to get a new one, although my family and friends are against it.
“I have ridden the scooter lots and never had a problem, I have no idea what happened this time.”
If you witnessed the incident, email Mrs Bunton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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