A vehicle was accidently driven through the front of The Alstonville Florist on Tuesday trapping a elderly woman underneath it for a hour. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
A vehicle was accidently driven through the front of The Alstonville Florist on Tuesday trapping a elderly woman underneath it for a hour. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Plaza awaits police report before deciding on changes

ALSTONVILLE Plaza management have declined to commit to improving pedestrian safety at the shopping centre despite Tuesday's accident where an 83-year-old woman was dragged under a car.

Alstonville Plaza centre manager Richard Campbell said the thoughts of the plaza's owners and management were with those people involved in Tuesday's incident.

But Mr Campbell would not commit to the plaza owners improving pedestrian safety despite the accident.

"The Plaza owners will be making a decision on pedestrian safety measures as soon as possible after receiving a police report on the accident," he said.

Witnesses to the incident and tenants of the plaza said this was the fourth time a car had ploughed into a shop in eight years.

Mr Campbell declined to comment on whether this was the case.

The 83-year-old woman, who was hit by a 62-year-old man parking his maroon Ford Falcon about 11.20 am on Tuesday, remained in hospital last night in a serious condition in intensive care.

After being trapped under the car for about an hour, Betty Parrish was freed by police rescue and treated at the scene by paramedics for multiple injuries to her legs.

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition and admitted to intensive care.

A Northern NSW Local Health District spokesperson said Mrs Parish remained in a serious but stable condition in intensive care yesterday.

 

Police have seized the Ford Falcon for detectives to determine whether a mechanical fault caused the crash.



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