Search

Crouch End wheelchair mum: Bus driver who ran me over should be banned for life

PUBLISHED: 14:26 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 26 October 2016

Rebecca Bruce with 10-year-old son Chae at the Hazelville Road zebra crossing where she was run over in March. Picture: Ken Mears

Rebecca Bruce with 10-year-old son Chae at the Hazelville Road zebra crossing where she was run over in March. Picture: Ken Mears

Archant

A wheelchair-bound mum remains scared to leave the house, as the bus driver who ran her over at a zebra crossing was banned from driving for six months

But 41-year-old Rebecca Bruce said: “He should have been banned for life.”

Mrs Bruce was hit by the double-decker 41 bus being driven by Paulo Ferriera on March 21. She was on the zebra crossing in Hazelville Road’s junction with Hornsey Road in Horney Rise.

He was turning right from Hornsey Road, but failed to spot Mrs Bruce, who was dragged along the road for four seconds.

“This incident has had a big effect on me,” she said.

“I have not gone out much since. I have put on two stone in weight.

“On the occasions that I do go out, I am always on the lookout.

“I constantly feel worried and nervous.”

She added: “I have been across that zebra crossing once. It brought back some really horrible memories, and apart from that I’ve tried my hardest to avoid it.”

On Friday, 45-year-old Ferriera, of Holden Close, Hertford, admitted driving without due care and attention at Stratford Magistrates’ Court. He was banned from driving for six months.

“He should have been given a permanent ban,” said Mrs Bruce.

“He shouldn’t be allowed back on the roads.”

The mother-of-two said at the time: “The bus came at me. It hit the side of my wheelchair and dragged me along for about four seconds before he realised what had happened. I just remember thinking: ‘Please look at me – I want to live.’”

Mrs Bruce, of Hornsey Rise, was hospitalised for four days with injuries to her intestines and gall bladder. Her electric wheelchair was also destroyed.

Ferriera, who was sacked by bus operator Arriva after the crash, was also fined £500 and ordered to pay his victim £50.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

A murder investigation has been launched after a 25-year-old man was stabbed to death in Tufnell Park last night.

Yesterday, 16:03

A man has appeared in court over a hit and run crash which killed Camden man Richard Dougherty last month.

Yesterday, 10:26

“Today’s ruling [...] focuses on procedure rather than the merits of the scheme.”

Yesterday, 10:24

A cycling campaigner has blamed CS11’s legal defeat on Transport for London’s “watering down” of the project – and said it is time for London mayor Sadiq Khan to “improve his politics game”.

Yesterday, 09:18

Westminster North MP Karen Buck joined parents and children to protest the sudden closure of Queen’s Park Nursery.

Yesterday, 08:07

Campaigners from Greenpeace staged a protest outside the Camden High Street Marks and Spencer on Saturday to urge the high street giant to crack down on its use of single-use plastic.

Mon, 17:33

Senior coroner Mary Hassell has today unveiled the new policy that will dictate how her office decides which deaths to deal with first.

Mon, 15:24

The Luna Cinema was back in Alexandra Palace park this weekend and crowds enjoyed special screenings of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Breakfast Club.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now