Elderly Woman Hit And Killed By Concrete Truck While Holding Hands With Husband
An elderly woman has died after being hit by a concrete truck on a road on Sydney’s north shore, less than a week after her 83rd birthday.
Police say Gangotri Maharaj was crossing Willoughby Road in Crows Nest around 11am on Thursday.
She was walking hand in hand with her husband when a truck turned the corner and hit her, only narrowly missing her partner, Vijay.
Upon arrival, emergency crews found Maharaj lying underneath the truck. She died from her injuries at the scene.
Police Inspector Craig Hulleat said it was an absolutely “heartbreaking scene”.
“It’s a terrible terrible thing, a lot of people would have seen it," he said.
Speaking to 10 News First, Maharaj’s daughter Gita Singh said her parents were in the suburb to vote in a pre-poll for the federal election. They had only recently become Australian citizens, after a 10-year wait.
The couple would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Saturday.
According to witnesses, the driver -- aged in his 30s-- was not immediately aware he had struck the woman and was instructed to stop driving by shouting tradesmen nearby.
NSW Ambulance spokesperson Carolyn Parish said Maharaj’s husband had been transported to Royal North Shore hospital with minor injuries.
The truck’s driver was also taken to hospital in a state of severe shock, where he will undergo mandatory testing.
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