Laxton critical after hit and run

2013-11-17 18:16
Sonja Laxton (Gallo Images)

Sonja Laxton (Gallo Images)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johanneburg - Long distance runner Sonja Laxton was involved in a hit and run in Rosebank on Sunday morning, her daughter Kim, has confirmed.

"She is critical but stable, and will probably need a couple of surgeries," said Kim Laxton.

"They'll need to repair all her joints that are broken."

Laxton, 65, had been hit by a vehicle at the corner of Glenhove and Oxford Road while she was on a training run.

She suffered broken elbows and shoulders, multiple fractured ribs, a fractured ankle and a fractured spine.

Her spleen had been "nicked" but none of her other organs were damaged and doctors were unsure of the extent of internal bleeding.

"The ambulance was there within five minutes and she was stabilised at the scene," she said.

"She was taken to Rosebank Hospital and then transferred to Milpark Hospital."

They were not yet sure of the details of the incident, but it had occurred around 08:00.

"We got a call from a woman who was waiting with my mom at the Engen garage. It is a busy intersection, but it's a wide road and we know it was light when it happened," her daughter said.

"Apparently he might have been speeding and he also allegedly skipped a red robot."

Sonja Laxton is one of South Africa's most popular athletes. Having competed in the sport for more than five decades, she has earned more than 70 national titles and broken 28 SA records at various distances in track, road and cross country.

She was the first athlete, male or female, to be awarded national colours for all three disciplines.

"I usually train with my mom and she is very careful on the road," Kim said.

"I can't imagine her running through an intersection, so we'll have to try and find out what happened."

Read more on:    athletics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
31 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.