Family turn off crash victim's life support

21:42, Feb 21 2013
4x4 crash/bus stop crash
SAD SCENE: The overturned 4x4 at the corner of Halsey St just along Great South Rd.

The family of an Auckland grandmother who suffered critical injuries after being hit by a vehicle while waiting at a bus stop have turned off her life support.

Otahuhu woman Sunipa Ofanoa, 66, was crushed by a Toyota Rav 4 which veered across a South Auckland road and hit her as she waited for a bus with her two grandchildren on Tuesday afternoon.

As a result she suffered a severe brain injury and family made the agonising decision to end her suffering by turning off her life support this morning.

Daughter-in-law Judith Hartstone said earlier this week that the hospital room had been packed with friends and family who were devastated by the horrendous incident. The one consolation was Ofanoa's two grandchildren, aged nine and 15, had escaped relatively unscathed.

"The little one's probably dealing with it better, she's talking about it matter-of-factly. The 15-year-old's trying to rationalise it in her head - you know, the what-if scenarios," Hartstone said.

The incident took place at 4.30pm on Tuesday when the vehicle travelling south along Great South Rd, Manurewa lost control and smashed into the shelter on the corner of Halsey St, a police spokeswoman said.

Ofanoa took the full force of the vehicle and was rushed to hospital, while the two children, the driver of the vehicle and a passenger were also taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Hartstone described her mother-in-law as a "lovely woman", who was part of a strong Catholic community and excelled as a seamstress and designer.


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