CONST SARAH MAXWELL, of the Surry Hills Local Area Command in Sydney, who is seriously ill in a Sydney hospital after being struck by a car.
CONST SARAH MAXWELL, of the Surry Hills Local Area Command in Sydney, who is seriously ill in a Sydney hospital after being struck by a car.

Policewoman in induced coma

A BYRON BAY policewoman hit by a car in Sydney early on Tuesday remains in an induced coma in Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital.

Family friend, broadcaster and Lismore councillor Neil Marks yesterday said 27-year-old Sarah Maxwell's parents, Bruce and Carol, had flown to Sydney to be with their daughter during what could be a long recovery.

Const Maxwell suffered a head injury when she was hit by a car while crossing Oxford Street to stop a brawl about 2.40am on Tuesday. There has been no suggestion the driver of the car that hit her was at fault.

Const Maxwell, nicknamed 'Rowdy' because of her quiet nature, went to Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, and had been heavily involved in local equestrian events before going to Sydney.

Her parents owned the old Short Stop service station in Shirley Street, which has been recently redeveloped, until selling it a few years ago.

Mr Marks said he spoke to Mr Maxwell yesterday morning and had been told Const Maxwell appeared to be progressing well.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) they started to bring her out of the coma a little to see what her reactions would be and all went well there,” Mr Marks said.

Those reactions included simple tests, such as asking her to squeeze her father's hand, which she did. Doctors were yesterday going to try bringing her a little way out of the coma again.

Scans had found no other injuries apart from the head injury that had forced doctors to put her into the coma.

“Just to look at her, you wouldn't even know there was a head injury,” Mr Marks said.

Const Maxwell's parents had been given no estimates on how long her recovery would take, or even if there would be a full recovery. However, Mr Marks said they expected it to be a 'long, slow journey'.

Mr Maxwell has praised his daughter's police colleagues for their support. They have organised accommodation for Mr and Mrs Maxwell so they can stay in Sydney with their daughter and are also providing strong emotional support.



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