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Witness Appeal: Girl Hit by Car on Elmswood Road in Liverpool on 16 September 2013

Witness Appeal: Hit by Car on Elmswood Road in Liverpool on 16/9/2013

The father of a Liverpool University student who was critically injured after being hit by a car has spoken for the first time about his daughter’s on-going battle to recover.

The father of a Liverpool University student who was critically injured after being hit by a car has spoken for the first time about his daughter’s on-going battle to recover.

Gladys Ooi, 19, suffered serious brain injuries after being hit by a blue C200 Mercedes as she stepped out of a Silver or Grey Hackney Cab opposite her halls of residence on Elmswood Road, Liverpool, at about 11.30pm on Monday 16 September, 2013.

The impact broke her right leg, collar bone, fractured her skull and she sustained life-threatening brain injuries.

The overseas student from Hong Kong, had been looking forward to starting her first day as a law undergraduate at The University of Liverpool when the devastating accident happened.

Her mother Felicia and father BG Ooi jumped on the first flight from their family home halfway across the world in Hong Kong to be by her bedside.

Speaking for the first time about the accident Mr Ooi, 46, said, “We received a phone call early in the morning telling us that Gladys had been hit by a car and was seriously injured.

“We caught the next flight to England. But the 15 hours on the plane were the longest times we had ever endured. We were frightened to put our phones on just in case we got a message telling us Gladys had not made it at the ICU. We really thought she might not survive her injuries.”

Gladys was in a coma for two weeks before she began to respond to doctors. After five weeks in intensive care in The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, she uttered her first words. She then attended The Walton Neurorehabilitation Unit before moving to Mossley Hill Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre.

Mrs Ooi, 44, has spent every day since her arrival in Liverpool at her daughter’s bedside.

Doctors finally confirmed that she was stable enough to fly home to Hong Kong two weeks ago – exactly six months to the day after the accident - where she will continue her rehabilitation.

Now Mr Ooi has asked for information from anyone who saw the moments leading up to the collision with the blue C200 Mercedes at 11.30pm on Monday 16 September, 2013.

Mr Ooi added, “It’s too early to know exactly what long-term damage has been done. Gladys has made some recovery, but she has a very long journey of recovery ahead of her.  We do not know if she will ever fully recover.”

Her family are now pursuing a civil claim on her behalf against the driver of the car which hit her.

Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Carol Hopwood said, “This has been an extremely traumatic time for Gladys and her family. She had only just arrived in the UK to start her university studies when she suffered these life-changing injuries.

We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Elmswood Road in Liverpool on Monday 16 September around 11.30 and saw a Blue C200 Mercedes.

“In particular we want to hear from anyone who witnessed the accident, the immediate aftermath or events leading up to the collision.  We understand that there were a number of buses and taxis in the vicinity and would ask any drivers in the locality that evening to please get in touch.”

Please call Carol Hopwood at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Liverpool on 0151 257 6004 or call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.

Any assistance will be most appreciated.