SAD PASSING: Helen Wynd, pictured here receiving her life membership from the Red Cross after 70 years of service, has died after being hit by a car.
SAD PASSING: Helen Wynd, pictured here receiving her life membership from the Red Cross after 70 years of service, has died after being hit by a car. Marc Stapelberg

Community stalwart dies after being hit by car

A TRUE community stalwart, Helen Wynd, was killed in her own street when she was hit by a car at Goonellabah just after noon on Monday.

With a heavy heart, Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell announced the well known Red Cross volunteer's passing at Australia Day celebrations this morning.

"Yesterday a very long term member of our community passed away in a tragic accident," Cr Dowell said.

"I tossed up whether or not I'd tell you today, but Helen was a volunteer of over 60 years with Red Cross."

A former Second World War nurse, Cr Dowell said Ms Wynd was based in Darwin and treated soldiers who were injured during battle in Papua New Guinea.

Ms Wynd had just stepped off a bus about 12.05pm on Cambridge Dr and was crossing the road when a Subaru Outback station wagon being driven west hit the 92-year-old.

Emergency services were called and paramedics stabilised Ms Wynd at the scene before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition and placed on life support.

The 40-year-old woman driving the Subaru was uninjured and taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory testing.

Richmond LAC police are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.



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