Car accident puts mum on a mission
THERE is something about hospitals and the Scott children.
Priya Scott won a competition to name one of the cranes on site at Perth Children’s Hospital in Subiaco five years ago.
‘Magnus’ was named after her brother, who had been admitted as a patient to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) because he had a large ganglion on his left wrist.
On the final day of term 1 this year, their mother Helga van Schoor was driving Priya (15) and Magnus (13), along with sister Saffron (4) when a car allegedly swerved into their path on Bussell Highway, about 1km south of Capel, hitting them head on as they drove towards Perth.
The siblings eventually found themselves together in a ward at PMH.
Magnus had been airlifted to Perth after the crash, while Priya’s injuries took longer to manifest.
Saffron was uninjured, while Ms van Schoor also suffered injuries.
She does not want the incident on a notoriously dangerous section of road to just be another statistic.
While the road takes about 14,000 vehicles per day, these numbers can double during public holidays and are significantly higher at school holiday time, when Perth families are driving to and from the area in droves.
Ms van Schoor is supporting Vasse MLA Libby Mettam, who is advocating for the completion of a dual carriageway on Bussell Highway between Busselton and Capel.
“There are two opportunities for the State Government to fund the dual carriageway works,” Ms Mettam said.
“It could be funded either from the Main Roads budget or from the $44 million earmarked for regional road funding in the $1.2 billion package of Federal transport funding provided to the State recently.”
Ms van Schoor is distributing a petition that Ms Mettam will present to Parliament.
Copies of the petition can be found at Bar Mah on The Point, East Perth; Princi Butchers North Perth; IGA Kalamunda; IGA Helena Valley; IGA Medina; IGA Mosman Park; Subiaco Amateur Football Club (Subiaco AFC); Coles Mandurah; Coles Innaloo; and Gino’s Trattoria Café, Fremantle.
Promising soccer player Magnus Scott with Perth Glory’s Nebojsa Marinkovic at Princess Margaret Hospital and (right) Priya Scott during her recovery at the hospital.