A 97-year-old White Rock man's scooter is wedged under the front end of an older-model station wagon

A 97-year-old White Rock man's scooter is wedged under the front end of an older-model station wagon

White Rock senior bouncing back from scooter collision: son

97-year-old White Rock man injured May 5 while crossing Johnston Road

A White Rock senior injured earlier this month when he was struck by a car while crossing Johnston Road is on the road to recovery, according to family.

The 97-year-old was taken to hospital around 3 p.m. May 5, following the collision at Russell Avenue. He suffered broken ribs and a gash on his head.

“He’s definitely feeling pain from the ribs,” Bob Insell said of his dad, Jack, who was transferred to Peace Arch Hospital last week.

Insell said his father is a Second World War veteran who served with the RCAF; first as an instructor, then as a gunner in a Lancaster bomber.

“It was a very dangerous job he was in,” Insell said.

The senior, who uses a scooter to get around, has lived in White Rock since the ’80s. He was crossing Johnston just ahead of his wife when he was hit by a westbound vehicle that was turning off of Russell to head north on Johnston.

“She was right behind him,” Insell said.

“She’s fine… but I think she’s pretty shaken up about seeing him go down.”

Insell said Thursday his father remains in hospital. He’s weak, but in good spirits, he said.

Many in the community have been asking how he is, Insell added.

“It’s pretty amazing. We’re continually shocked at the way my dad bounces back. He’s pretty determined.”