Kiwi woman awake and talking after being hit by excavator
A 27-year-old Kiwi woman hit by an excavator in a horrific Brisbane hitand-run was yesterday still in intensive care — but awake and speaking.
Iuliana Stevenson suffered critical head injuries in the accident and has had surgery to repair several broken bones at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Queensland police yesterday charged a man over the collision, which happened in the early hours of Thursday.
CCTV footage showed Stevenson crossing the intersection of Hamilton Place and Campbell St, Bowen Hills, in Brisbane’s inner city, about 1am.
As she begins to cross the road, a pettibone, a machine used for laying railway track, begins to turn left into her path before knocking her to the ground.
Police said a 58-year-old man had been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm with callous disregard. He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 25.
Messages of support were posted on social media yesterday wishing Stevenson a speedy recovery.
Networking group Venn posted a photo of the “bubbly Brisbane businesswoman”, offering thoughts and prayers to her family.
“It is with great sadness that we find out today that the woman involved in the hit-and-run incident at Bowen Hills yesterday is one of our members, and a dear colleague and friend,” the post read.
“Such a horrific act to have occurred to such a spirited, loving and incredible soul. We understand that Iuli has undergone emergency surgery and her condition remains critical. Our thoughts and prayers are with Iuli and her family during this difficult time.”
Bystanders at the scene rushed to Stevenson’s aid after the accident.
Her friends say her positive attitude and fighting spirit will help in her recovery.
“She’s such a bright and positive person, she brings such an energy to any room she walks into. It’s just such a tragic thing that’s happened,” friend Kate Dean told Australian media.
“She’s such a bright and positive person, she brings such an energy to any room she walks into.” Kate Dean
Iuliana Stevenson had emergency surgery after being hit by an excavator on a Brisbane street.