Hastings woman ‘too scared’ to run after pavement fall

Susan Martin fell over on her way to work. SUS-150209-132034001
Susan Martin fell over on her way to work. SUS-150209-132034001

A shop worker suffered a fractured jaw and lost several teeth after tripping over a crack on a public footpath on her way to work.

Susan Martin, of Seven Acres Close, St Leonards, fell over on the path between Upper Church Road and Kingsley Close at around 8.40am on June 24.

Susan shows some of the damage caused to her top row of teeth. SUS-150209-132010001

Susan shows some of the damage caused to her top row of teeth. SUS-150209-132010001

She broke her glasses, lost one tooth and cracked another, badly damaged her mouth, pierced her lip and bruised her cheek. Now she faces having her other front teeth, forcing her to wear dentures.

Worst of all, the Tesco employee says her confidence has been knocked from the fall.

Previously a keen runner, she is now too scared to pound the pavements.

“I’m known for my smile but now I look like Jaws from James Bond,” she said.

“I’ve done four half marathons – three Hastings and one Eastbourne – and completed the Race For Life 12 times but now I can’t imagine running again because I’m scared of walking.

“Imagine if I was going at speed – I would have died no doubt about it.

“I’m supposed to do the Pretty Muddy Race For Life in Brighton with my work colleagues and I was really looking forward to doing the Bexhill 10K.”

Susan said she went to stop herself from falling with her hands but they gave way and she landed face first on the concrete.

Her son came to help her and she said she was okay but then passed out and was taken to the Conquest Hospital by ambulance and stayed there for a night.

She blames the poor maintenance of the pathway and wants somebody to take responsibility for clearing it.

“The path is not lit, I’ve walked down there before and you wouldn’t know anyone was there,” she said.

“It’s also used as a toilet as there’s urine on the walls and dog poo in bags left on the ground.

“Has there been an accident there before?

“I’m not asking for any compensation but I would like someone to take responsibility for the path as it has a public footpath sign.”

Susan had to take two weeks off work because of her injuries.

Head of highways at East Sussex County Council Roger Williams said: “We would urge anyone who comes across damaged footpaths to report it to the county council by calling 03456 080193 or online at eastsussex.fixmystreet.com.

“If the county council is not responsible for the footpath in question, we will put the resident in touch with the agency or organisation that is.

“We were not aware of this incident, but if the resident would like to contact us we can help her identify the responsible organisation.”

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