Van col­li­sion ‘a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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