Coffin Bay resident Veronica Pedler was returning to her car from Jones Electrical in Port Lincoln, hoping to cross the road back into the Coles car park when the vehicle she was standing behind reversed back over her, leaving her hospitalised for nearly five weeks.
On Sunday, October 26 at about 3:45pm, Ms Pedler was standing behind a parked car about to cross Liverpool street, when the vehicle reversed over her.
“My head was parallel with both tyres and my feet were hanging out the back of the ute,” she said.
“I was in Port Lincoln Hospital for three weeks, have been in Elliston Hospital recuperating the last two weeks and will be off my feet for three to six months.
“I have a fractured sternum, pelvis, coccyx and have two fractured vertebrae. My hip took a fair bit of the damage because I got knocked over, I was laying on the ground and they backed up over me.”
Ms Pedler said she was unconscious on and off for a few hours.
A police spokesperson confirmed a pedestrian, a 75-year old Coffin Bay woman, was struck by a reversing vehicle driven by a 64-year-old Tumby Bay man.
“The woman sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Port Lincoln Hospital,” the spokesperson said.
“Investigations are continuing.”
Ms Pedler said she just wanted people to know that these things can happen so quickly.
“It’s nobody’s fault except for some reason he didn’t see me when he was backing up.”
Police still seeking information
Police have renewed their appeal for public assistance to help locate missing Eyre Peninsula man Joshua.
The 40-year-old was seen leaving his Port Lincoln workplace at about 5pm on Monday, November 6 in his silver Ford Ecovan.
Police and family are concerned for his welfare.
Joshua is about 180cm tall, with a solid build and dark short hair which is balding on top. His face was recently clean shaven.
He is believed to be driving his silver Ford Ecovan, with the SA registration of S189CVS.
The van is a single cab with a flat silver tilt tray on the back.
Joshua has been known to attend the Coffin Bay area.
Police are also asking anyone who may have captured Joshua’s vehicle on dashcam footage on Flinders Highway or Tod Highway between November 6 to 10 to make contact.
Police in Port Lincoln conducted a search on Katies Lane at Wangary on Thursday, November 16 with assistance from the State Emergency Service.
Nothing was located and no new information has been received.
Police continue to ask the public if they have any information relating to Joshua or his vehicle to contact the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444.