Improvements demand on main Gravesend road after pensioner fall

PUBLISHED: 09:57 07 July 2011

Ian Pearson at the top of Gravesend town

Ian Pearson at the top of Gravesend town


»A husband is demanding improvements to a dangerously uneven road after his 72-year-old wife was seriously injured following a fall.

Ruby and Ian Pearson, 70, from Ramsgate, were visiting Gravesend to try on clothes for their son’s wedding when she tripped while crossing the road at Garrick Street, Gravesend, at about midday last Wednesday.

After witnesses rushed to her aid she was taken to the walk-in Minor Injuries Unit but when she appeared to faint after treatment she was admitted to Darent Valley Hospital where she was kept in overnight for observation.

Doctors say it could take up to three weeks for the pain to subside after she fractured ribs, hurt her wrist and ankle, suffered concussion and bruised her head and face. Mr Pearson said: “She is still in terrible pain. This has been an awful time for us both.

“One minute we are crossing the road and then I hear this yelp and she was lying flat on the floor. She was lying there in the middle of the road in horrendous pain, people rushed to help but she was lying in a very busy road where all the buses stop.

“It was very worrying.

“There is a dip where it seems the constant use of buses over the road system has caused this dangerous tyre tram line.

“We are more concerned about getting this fixed to prevent anyone else suffering in this way, however, I do feel my wife should be compensated for her pain and suffering.”

Mr Pearson, who moved to Ramsgate 10 years ago, has raised his concerns with a Kent County Council representative based at the Civic Centre, Gravesend.


He is also attempting to overturn a parking ticket he was given while he was caring for his injured wife.

Despite their experience, he added: “I was amazed and could not be more grateful to those who immediately rushed over to help. The people in Gravesend were so kind, caring and helpful. One particular man who came over and sort of took charge was brilliant. I can’t thank them enough.

“The staff at the injuries unit at Darent Valley Hospital were second to none. Absolutely brilliant.”

Kent County Council spokesman said “A claim form has been requested and issued in connection with this.

“We are therefore not in a position to comment.”

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