Kim Russell and her children were injured by a motorist who failed to give way at the intersection of Steep and Adelaide streets, Tweed Heads.
Kim Russell and her children were injured by a motorist who failed to give way at the intersection of Steep and Adelaide streets, Tweed Heads. John Gass

Family in shock after hit-and-run

KIM Russell’s daughter’s screams alerted her to a rapidly approaching vehicle.

But it was too late, and a four-wheel-drive ploughed into the side of Ms Russell’s car at the intersection of Steep and Adelaide streets, Tweed Heads on Thursday, February 3 about 6pm. The collision caused whiplash injury, seat-belt burns and bruises to family members.

Ms Russell said the female driver of the silver, weathered, early model Rodeo or Hilux with large bullbar fled the scene.

“I’d just come out of my street and turned to go up the hill,” Ms Russell said.

“My daughter saw it first but by the time she screamed it was a metre away.

“We were definitely T-boned and she was doing 60 through a give-way sign.”

Ms Russell said the impact pushed her out of her seat and caused her to blackout as her car rolled backwards down Steep Street.

“We were going out for dinner and she ploughed straight into us,” Ms Russell said. “I’m hoping she turns herself in.

“You don’t run from the scene when you’ve got three screaming children in the car you’ve just hit – it’s not human.”

The hit-and-run accident left Ms Russell with whiplash and bruising, and her three children with seat-belt burns.

Ms Russell said she would like to thank the numerous Steep Street residents who assisted them, and a witness named Scott who helped them escape from the car.

“Scott said there were no licence plates on the front of the car,” she said.

“I was shaking like a leaf afterward and we spent about six or seven hours at the hospital.

“I’ve been suffering from a bit of shock ever since.”

Police conducted a patrol of the area but Ms Russell said unless someone was able to provide the 4WD’s registration there was little they could do.

Ms Russell said the hit-and-run aggravated an existing injury in her right shoulder and, as a single mother, “things are really bad for me right now”.

“I still have two years on my loan for the car. Now there’s no way I will get another loan as I’ve been on and off work with the bad shoulder.”

Anyone with information should contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5536 0999.



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