Girl’s nine-hour fight for life af­ter fall from van

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE -

A YOUNG girl is re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a nine-hour fight for her life af­ter she fell from the back of a mov­ing Tarago yes­ter­day.

Kate Water­worth fell from the four-door peo­ple mover at 10am while the van was trav­el­ling along Bound­ary St, Berow- ra, hit­ting her head on the road. Kate’s par­ents, John and Jo Water­worth of Berowra Heights, were by her bed­side at 7pm when doc­tors fi­nally sta­bilised her.

She had spent nine hours fight­ing for her life, in­clud­ing an hour at the scene where she was treated by CareF­light medics, be­fore be­ing flown to The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead.

NSW Po­lice In­spec­tor Jane Hans­ford said the driver of the ve­hi­cle was sub­jected to manda­tory al­co­hol and blood test­ing. Charges had not been laid as of last night.

“The driver was ei­ther drop­ping some­one off or pick­ing some­one up,” Insp Hans­ford said. “It’s a timely re­minder to take care on the roads and hope- fully ev­ery­one’s thoughts and prayers are with the fam­ily.”

Kate’s mother was at the scene when her daugh­ter fell from the car. She was yet to make a for­mal state­ment last night.

Hornsby po­lice and the crash in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit were last night still comb­ing the street for ev­i­dence of how Kate fell.

In­jured girl Kate Water­worth.

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