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Two elderly women struck in Caboolture hit-and-run accident

May Norcott revisits the site of the hit and run at Market Plaza, Caboolture, on Thursday, October 23. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News
May Norcott revisits the site of the hit and run at Market Plaza, Caboolture, on Thursday, October 23. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News Jorge Branco

A CABOOLTURE South great-grandmother knocked down in a shock hit-and-run has one word for the driver who hit her - sympathy.

Selina Pengelly, 87, and her 77-year-old friend May Norcott, were stepping onto the kerb at Market Plaza Shopping Centre in Caboolture South about two weeks ago when a car came screaming through the car park, the occupants yelling "get off the road".

Mrs Norcott (who was using a walker) lost a shoe and Mrs Pengelly (using a walking stick) was knocked to the ground, leaving her feeling "pretty bruised and battered" well into last week. The widow of almost 10 years was bruised along her left side, with skin missing on her left arm and right leg but amazingly didn't suffer any serious injuries.

"It all happened so quickly that I didn't really have time to think," she said.

"It knocked me clean over. Everyone says that it was deliberate.

"The worst part is you've got to have the gravel taken out of you, with saline and so forth, it really stings."

Mrs Norcott somehow escaped without any injuries.

"I said 'oh they've hit Selina'," she said.

"I thought, 'they'll stop now' but the driver just planted his foot and kept going."

There were multiple witnesses but none managed to take down the black Commodore's registration. Police are still looking for the driver.

Mrs Pengelly said she wanted the offenders to be caught and made to take responsibility for their actions and stop the same thing happening again.

But the Caboolture South resident also said she felt sorry for her alleged attackers.

"You sort of feel what's the world coming to," she said.

"They probably don't feel sorry for themselves but I just thought it's shocking to think that there's such people in the world as that.

"The days of showing a bit of respect for the elderly seem to have passed."

Both ladies thanked the staff at Jadin Chemist Group for looking after them after the incident.

Caboolture Police Senior Constable Clair Parsons said the incident appeared to be deliberate.

She said hit-and-run incidents were most common in car parks but accidental car-on-car crashes were much more common than those involving pedestrians such as this.

Topics:  caboolture, hit and run


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