‘Hit-and-run’ victim off ventilators

2011-09-19 07:23

The young advocate who was hit and dragged by a taxi in Lonehill, north of Joburg, last week has been taken off ventilators and was able to communicate with her family.

Afrikaans daily Beeld reported that Kim McCusker (25) was in intense pain and discomfort, but was able to talk after being taken off the ventilators over the weekend.

“She can now communicate with us and is as sharp as ever. She can tell us what she wants and how she wants it,” her sister Julia McCusker said.

McCusker was hit and reportedly dragged about 700m by a taxi driven by Matome Thamage last week Tuesday.

This was after Thamage’s taxi crashed into the vehicle occupied by McCusker and her fiance Lourens Grobler. The two were on their way to gym.

Thamage, who has appeared in court and faces a charge of attempted murder, has claimed that he was being assaulted by Grobler and was just trying to avoid the onslaught.

McCusker’s sister told the Beeld that the advocate was stunned by the support she had received from strangers.

“I told Kimmy about the Facebook suppport page and she said she doesn’t even know 5 000 people. She has even read some of the messages and is very grateful for the support,” her sister said.

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