A WOMAN injured in a freak traffic accident will never forget the sight of her elderly mother being flung from her wheelchair on a busy street on Monday afternoon.
Stas Kavanagh was thanking God yesterday for miraculously surviving the impact with a runaway car on Cathedral Street, Enniscorthy. However, there has been a heavy cost after the accident when the car rolled down the street, narrowly avoiding two parked cars, hitting her as well as her 71 year old mother Peggy and her sister Kathleen. All three were detained at Wexford General Hospital until late on Monday night. Kathleen Conran has a broken coccyx and other injuries while Mrs Conran has to return to the fracture clinic in Wexford tomorrow for further tests. She has been left dazed, bruised and traumatised.
Stas has sore ribs and neck and an ongoing back injury has been made worse.
She said will never forget the help she received from total strangers, especially one man, as she lay helpless on the ground in the aftermath of the incident. “An off-duty fireman came to my aid after I fainted and held my head in his hands and wouldn’t let me move until the emergency personnel came,” she said. “He was really fantastic,” Stas said. And she watched as a young Polish mother took the blanket from her baby’s push chair and placed it around her ailing mother who was shaking with the pain, cold and fright.
“If there is one good thing to come out of this it is the kindness of the people of Wexford,” she said.
Kathleen Conran had just parked the car and Stas was in the empty parking space between her car and another when she felt the thud. “We never saw anything and because I was holding the wheelchair with both hands, they think I got the worst of it,” she confided.
Panic ensured and after it was established that all three were still alive they were driven at high speed by three separate ambulances to Wexford with a Garda escort.
A bar worker, who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident, said the car owner was in a nearby shop when the incident happened.
“When she got back and her car wasn’t there, she saw all the commotion and came over,” the man said.
“Gardai and the ambulances were there and she asked what was going on. She was told the gardai were looking for the owner of the car and she said it was her. She got an awful fright when she was told it knocked down three women.” The car was removed for technical examination.