Kiwi woman awake and talk­ing af­ter be­ing hit by ex­ca­va­tor

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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.

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