Woman dies from crash injuries

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Last updated 10:05 21/07/2014
Shirley Greer
CRASH VICTIM: Shirley Greer.

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Family are mourning the loss of an elderly Palmerston North woman who died from injuries suffered when a speeding driver crashed into the car she was a passenger in.

Shirley Margaret Greer, 88, died in Palmerston North Hospital on Wednesday after a six-week struggle trying to recover from the car crash on Vogel St last month.

Her twin son and daughter, Leigh Greer and Dalys Boyes, paid tribute to their mother yesterday, describing her as a kind-hearted, quick-thinking, well-liked woman.

"She had her little ups and downs, then they became major ups and downs and she couldn't climb the mountain," her daughter, Boyes, said. "I'm very, very angry, upset and hurt. I've got a big hole in my heart because my mother should still be here and she's not."

A Subaru WRX driven by Jonathon Edward James Moore, 22, crashed into the side of a Mazda Capella in which Greer was the front seat passenger, on June 5.

Moore has pleaded guilty to three charges of dangerous driving causing injury, all in relation to the Vogel St crash. He admitted to driving at more than double the speed limit on suburban streets.

A police spokeswoman said it was yet to be determined if the charges would change, but Moore should appear in court this week.

On the day of the crash, Mrs Greer was on her way to play Scrabble at the Milson Community Centre with two friends.

A MidCentral Health spokesman said a 60-year-old woman remained in Palmerston North Hospital and the third woman had been discharged.

Boyes said her mother was fit for her age, had a wicked sense of humour and was extremely sociable, always out meeting friends.

She was a quick-witted wordsmith, keen Scrabble player and crossword whiz. She was also a skilled cross-stitcher and card maker.

The family were struggling to come to terms with the death.

"He [Moore] just wiped her out in one hit," Boyes said. "I'm ever grateful those other two ladies are still here, but when you think of it there's three lots of families, three lots of children and three lots of grandchildren all affected; the scale of that crash is much bigger than you realise.

"I just can't get my head around that she's had this accident and now she's no longer here.

"We were blessed to have a short time with her before she died . . . but he's taken something from us that should still be here and I hope he rots in hell for that.

"Even if he gets to jail, he's still here and has the chance to think about what's happened, she doesn't get that chance."

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Mrs Greer was the youngest of seven children, went to College Street and Palmerston North Girls' High schools and was an office worker. She married her late husband, Cliff, in 1952, had twins, and one granddaughter, Courtney Boyes.

When she was younger,  Greer was a keen sportswoman and represented Manawatu in basketball. She was a member of the Milson Community Centre and the Country Women's Institute, where she was honoured for 50 years' service in March.

"She's had a wonderful life and was involved in a lot of things," Boyes said. Mrs Greer's funeral will be held in Palmerston North on Wednesday.

- Manawatu Standard

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