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Old 05-08-2006, 04:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sophie Delezio is unlucky.

Sophie Delezio is unlucky.

Three or so years ago, she was hit by a car when it crashed through her kindergarten. Elderly driver. She suffered horrific burns, had to be pulled out from beneath a burning car, lost fingers and all that.

Yesterday, she was hit by another car - this time on a pedestrian crossing.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...5/s1632109.htm

^ Please click on this link to see a picture of the little girl since we are not allowed to post pictures of children here.

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Driver charged over Delezio crash
A man has been charged over yesterday's car accident that critically injured Sophie Delezio, the five-year-old Sydney girl who received burns to 85 per cent of her body when a car careered into her kindergarten in 2003.

Yesterday, a car struck Sophie as she was pushed in a stroller across a pedestrian crossing at Seaforth in north Sydney.

Sophie lost both feet and some fingers in the crash almost two-and-a-half years ago.

The 80-year-old driver was treated for shock and then charged with dangerous driving, negligent driving and failing to give way at a pedestrian crossing.

He will appear in a Sydney court next month.

Sophie was flown to Sydney Children's Hospital yesterday with serious head, leg and chest injuries.

Doctors initially thought she may not survive but the outlook improved through the night.

Dr Michael Brydon says she will nonetheless have a difficult few weeks.

"It is likely, because of the extent of some of the injuries and particularly the chest, that she'll be in intensive care for a couple of weeks at least," he said.

He says her condition has been stabilised.

"She's got quite a few broken ribs, a very, very badly contused lung - a bruised lung - and one of her legs has a very serious fracture," Dr Brydon said.

"Sophie, thank God, isn't as badly injured as we first thought.

"She still is very unwell, she's got some serious injuries particularly to her chest and legs, however the head injury that we thought, which we thought was very serious, it doesn't appear to be as serious as we first thought."

Inconsolable

Her father was inconsolable when he spoke on radio yesterday afternoon.

"I can't believe ... how much can someone go through? Please tell us it's not true," he said.

Well-wishers have placed candles outside the hospital, which has been inundated with calls of concern.

Dr Brydon says while the family is very grateful for the support, people need to stop calling as the care of other patients is being compromised.

The driver of the car was yesterday taken to hospital and treated for shock.
Poor little girl.

Sh*t, my brother got hit by a car when he was ten, and he wouldn't even cross the road if he saw a car within a mile for a year afterwards.

Mandatory driving and reflex tests every few years after a certain age (60? 65? 80?). You fail them, you lose your license. I met a 99-year-old man a few years ago who bragged that he still had his driver's license. "The bastards keep trying to take it away, but I won't let 'em!" I met him because I was delivering him a walker.
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Some might say that she is lucky in a way. 85% of her body covered in burns, hit by a car twice, and she is still alive. How many people would have died from one of those three things? ANd how many people would have lived through all three?
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Old 05-08-2006, 05:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, this just makes me sad.
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Old 05-08-2006, 06:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What are the odds on something like that happening?

Some old people really shouldn't be driving.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What are the odds on something like that happening?

Some old people really shouldn't be driving.
Not just old people. THere are far too many people driving who lack the motor skills and presence of mind to be able to drive safely.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This is terrible and no doubt many older people should not be driving. But before we start taking licenses away because of age we should check and see which age groups are doing the most damage. I don't think many young people would like the results.
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