Driver is comforted by paramedics after allegedly losing control of his car that killed a mother of three
An 89-year-old driver who reportedly lost control of his car and killed a mother of three was comforted by paramedics while shocked witnesses shouted to forbid the elderly to drive.
The woman, 40, was sitting outside Si: Zac cafe with her friends when a Holden Commodore hit them in North Epping, in north-west Sydney, just before 10.15 am on Friday.
Nine others were injured after the 89-year-old car plowed into the mother’s team, who drank coffee after they dropped off their children at the Epping North Public School.
Witnesses said the mother was attached to a brick wall and suffered a serious injury to her stomach. She was rushed to the Royal North Shore Hospital, but died a short time later.
The older driver, only known as ‘Keith’, was seen as comforted by rescuers and bystanders while the police assessed the crashed car
“Keith” was seen chatting with the police on the spot after he lost control of his car and killed a mother of three
The police assessed the crashed car and spoke to witnesses on North Epping on Friday
The older driver, only known as ‘Keith’, was comforted on the spot by rescuers and bystanders while the police assessed the crashed car.
It is understood that the older driver tried to park in a handicapped place as he rushed forward, slammed over a wall, through a garden bed and hit the group of mothers who sat at a table.
Meanwhile, shocked witnesses called for the prohibition of older drivers from getting behind the wheel.
Baker Sath Thep, from the nearby Marcos Hot Bread store, and local newspaper store Peter Yaang said that Keith was known in the North Epping community.
“He is an old man and everyone knows him here. He is also a nice man, “Yaang told Daily Mail Australia.
Flower tribute is seen outside the cafe where a 40-year-old woman was killed when a car plowed in front of the cafe, in North Epping
People gather outside the cafe where a 40-year-old woman was murdered
Butcher Ryan Nicholls of Uppercuts Butchery, located near the cafe where the tragedy took place, said the driver was regularly in the mall.
‘He is a beautiful old man and he has had a rough time. Last year his wife was placed in a local nursing home and he always visited her before she died a few months ago, “he told Daily Mail Australia.
“He still comes in every week. Everyone knows Keith as a gentleman, a good guest.
‘Every Christmas he buys these little watermelons and hands them out to people with Christmas cards. That’s Keith’s little thing, he gives everyone a watermelon. “
“Everyone knows Keith, he always comes to the store,” said Mr. Nicholls.
A woman broke where a mother, 40, was killed when a car drank a group of mothers coffee
The Holden Commodore hit the store on the corner of Malton Road and Roma Street, shortly before 10.15 am on Friday
“He wasn’t physically injured by the crash, but he was very shocked.”
Locals told Daily Mail Australia Keith’s wife went to a nurse last year before she died two months ago.
Dozens of flowers and other tributes were laid by mourners outside the cafe where the mother died.
A friend of the deceased mother, Monica Galouzis, told Nine News that she had seen the group sit outside earlier.
“They were sitting at a different table earlier. They must have moved in front of the sun, “she said.
“Most mothers of North Epping Public come at least once a week, and we catch up with school.
“It’s really heartbreaking.”
Several ambulance crews treated nine other people on site, with four being brought to the hospital in a stable condition.
Witnesses said that the design of the parking garage had caused problems in the past.
“It happened a few times that someone tried to park their car in the handicapped place and set up the curb,” one witness said.
“They set the gas pedal too hard and mount the curb.”
Epping local Leoni McCulluch walked her dog Toffee across the street when she screamed from the cafe.
“I heard screams, I thought someone had lost his dog because I saw a dog running across the road,” she said.
“When I crossed the road, I realized it wasn’t that easy. I was there to see the car retreat.
The driver, an 89-year-old man known only as “Keith,” was taken to Ryde Hospital for compulsory tests
Police and fire brigade were on site, which was taped off Friday night
Paramedics care for a woman at the scene of a crash in which 10 people were injured
She said the area was a common meeting place for all mothers after school.
“I was there last week with a cup of hot chocolate with some friends,” she said with tears in her eyes.
“If I didn’t have Toffee and I wouldn’t have been around all morning, maybe I was.”
Shocked residents had gathered outside the café at 3 p.m., deeply affected by the loss.
The mother was “one of the nicest people I know,” her neighbor told 9 news.
“She’s just beautiful.”
NSW Ambulance Superintendent Steve Vaughan said that two of the patients who were brought to the hospital had leg wounds and two others had minor injuries.
He said crews arrived to find “a number of patients scattered around the scene.”
“If you receive a call like this, you can’t help but think the worst, then your training starts suddenly and you think you’re thinking about the best way to triage and treat the patients while managing the scene,” he said.
Pictured: a broken seat at the site of the crash where 10 people were injured
A woman is taken to an ambulance after a car has been plowed through a cafe in Sydney