Van collision ‘a terrifying ordeal’
AN AWARD-winning hairdresser has had her life turned upside down after a “minor” road accident left her unable to work or care for her disabled son.
Liza Schwarz (40) has been forced to cancel a holiday to Spain, stop working and put her disabled son Spencer (11) into respite care because of injuries she suffered when hit by a van on Friday.
She was just inches away from being crushed by the wheels of a Kwik Fit van, which reversed into her as she waited in the car park of Kwik Fit garage in Maskew Avenue, Peterborough.
Emergency services referred to her injuries as “minor”, but to Mrs Schwarz, of Gordon Way, Orton Longueville, they were anything but as she was left bruised all over her body and with potential ligament damage meaning she cannot use her left arm.
Mrs Schwarz and her husband Karl say her injuries mean that Spencer, who suffers from a brain condition, has been put into overnight respite care as he needs at least two fully-fit carers at all times.
The couple have also cancelled a holiday in Spain and she has been unable to work.
Mrs Schwarz recounted her terrifying ordeal that left her fearing serious injury.
She said: “I only saw the van coming towards me at the last minute,
“By instinct I put my hands up as if to stop it coming at me, sure that the driver had seen me.
“The van kept on coming though and I fell underneath it. It stopped then but I was really lucky not to have been crushed.
“I was shocked. It all happened so quickly. All I could think about was that I wouldn’t be able to care for Spencer anymore.”
Cambridgeshire police confirmed that they were investigating the incident, but so far no action has been taken.
Kwik Fit meanwhile, has launched its own health and safety investigation into the collision.
A spokesman said: “This unfortunate incident is currently being investigated by our safety manager.
“In the meantime, we wish Mrs Schwarz a speedy recovery and would like to publicly thank the ambulance crew for their prompt response to treat her injuries.”
SHOCKED: Liza Schwarz at home recovering.