A BRITISH woman has died while her grandson has been left fighting for his life after her mobility scooter plunged off a hillside in the Spanish resort of Benidorm.
The 58-year-old reportedly drove the “motorised chair” over the cliff edge in the Serra Gelada Natural Park in Benidorm, Spain.
A British woman has died after her mobility scooter plummeted off a cliff in SpainCredit: Bomberos Alicante
The woman, 58, was with her husband and eight-year-old grandson at the timeCredit: Bomberos Alicante
Mobility scooters are popular with tourists and expats in Benidorm [FILE IMAGE]Credit: Getty – Contributor
Her hired mobility scooter smashed into a wooden barrier on a bend and the woman fell 65 feet to her death.
Spanish media reports that the woman was with her eight-year-old grandson and her husband, who was riding behind her on an identical scooter at the time.
Even though initial reports suggested the child had been treated for minor injuries, he is said to have been admitted to intensive care following the crash.
According to local media, the eight-year-old has been admitted to Alicante General Hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit with injuries that have not been made public.
Additionally reports claim the youngster had been travelling on the same mobility scooter the woman was flung from.
Police sources also admitted they had ruled nothing out and were looking at every possibility including that of the British woman fainting before she had her fatal accident.
The woman’s husband, aged 60, also needed medical attention after injuring himself trying to reach his wife.
Spanish press report that the scooter was driven off-road and up into a difficult-to-access hillside area below the Benidorm Cross, a popular lookout post offering stunning views of the Costa Blanca holiday resort and the Serra Gelada Natural Park.
The woman is believed to have been returning to her hotel from the Benidorm Cross when the accident happened.
Fire crews were scrambled to the scene on Wednesday, August 24 at around 4.15pm.
The path where the tragic accident happened – known as the “barranco” – is incredibly steep and covered with huge stone boulders.
Paramedics treated the woman at the scene where she sadly died following a two-hour rescue operation.
Police are investigating the exact cause of the accident and are inspecting the motorised scooter to make sure it met all legal safety requirements.
A Benidorm Town Hall spokesman said: “The British woman appears to have lost control of her mobility scooter on a bend as she came down the hill.
“She hit a wooden barrier separating the road from the abyss on the other side and was flung from the scooter in the crash.
“The drop is about 65 feet. Firefighters recovered her body and she had an obvious head injury as well as facial injuries.
“An investigation is ongoing but this is being treated as a tragic accident.”
A well-placed source said: “The main theory at the moment is that the woman was going too fast.
“The spot where she went over the wooden barrier is on a slope and on a bend.
“Paramedics tried to revive her when they reached the scene but there was nothing they could do to save her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Officials confirmed the unnamed woman was on holiday and staying at a resort hotel when she died.
She hit a wooden barrier separating the road from the abyss on the other side and was flung from the scooter in the crash
Spokesman, Benidorm Town Hall
“The fire brigade was sent to the emergency with several vehicles, with the primary aim of rescuing the injured persons as quickly as possible,” reported informacion.es.
“On arrival, the firefighters collaborated with the troops of the Local Police of Benidorm and Health Technicians SAMU, who performed resuscitation techniques on a woman, not obtaining positive results.”
The news comes as Spanish police reportedly look to clamp down on Brits riding mobility scooters after they saw a surge in popularity sparked by the Benidorm TV sitcom.
Last month, it was reported that Brit tourists could face fines of more than £400 for improper use of the scooters after an investigation claimed some Brits had lied about disabilities in order to hire them.
According to a mobility scooter rental company in the resort city, around 80% of its customers are Brit tourists.
A whistleblower at one firm told Olive Press: “The Brits often lie to use as they do not meet the requirements to get a scooter.”
Another worker claimed: “Most of these are young Brits who want to use it to go clubbing to escape the cost of a taxi.”
Only those over the age of 55 are allowed to hire the scooters unless they have mobility problems.
Some younger renters have falsely claimed that they were getting the scooter for an older parent, while others allowed unauthorised people to ride them.
Locals in Benidorm have complained that some tourists break the speed limits in the resort, while others use them in banned areas.
“A campaign has been launched to inform establishments that hire these vehicles to make sure they are complying with municipal by-laws and police officers are also keeping tabs on the people who are using them,” a council spokesperson said.
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