Van damage sees disabled Greenlaw boy stranded

A SEVERELY disabled boy from Greenlaw was left stranded at his home after a passing motorist knocked the drivers-side wing mirror off his mum’s van.

Susan Fisher was unable to transport her nine-year-old son, Sam, until the mirror was repaired at a cost £165 on Tuesday (It is illegal to drive without a drivers-side mirror).

Ms Fisher has slammed the culprit for the distress they caused her son. She said: “I hope you sleep well at night knowing you have taken away my son’s right to live as near normal a life as possible. You may think it isn’t a big deal and to you maybe it isn’t. Just consider the impact on my nine-year-old son’s life, though.”

Sam is wheelchair dependent and public transport routes do not run to where he needs to go.

The wing-mirror was knocked off Ms Fisher’s Peugeot van sometime between 9pm last Thursday evening and 7.30am the following morning when the van was parked outside her house in Marchmont Crescent, Greenlaw.

Lothian and Borders police are looking into the damage, which they believe was caused by a passing vehicle.

Anyone who may be able to help identify the vehicle responsible is asked to contact officers at Duns Police Station on 01361 882222.

Ms Fisher added: “It’s a HP vehicle too, not a mobility vehicle, so we have to either go through our insurance or pay the repairs ourselves, which will have to come out of Sam’s disability money.

“That, however, is nothing compared to the distress caused to my son due to the fact that he could not go to his athletics club at Dalkeith last Friday evening, or horse riding for the disabled at Reston on Monday afternoon.”