HK girl fights for her life after Oz drink-drive crash

Local | Stella Wong 18 Sep 2018

Doctors are battling to save the life of a four-year-old Hong Kong girl, who was critically injured in Australia after being hit by a car driven by a woman who was allegedly drunk and texting on her mobile phone while behind the wheel.

Police arrested Lisa Mottram, 50, after her car crashed into four pedestrians - a family of four believed to be from Hong Kong on vacation - in Kellyville, a suburb northwest of Sydney.

The four-year-old girl was taken to the Children's Hospital at Westmead in critical condition with life-threatening head and internal injuries.

The girl's father, 45, and mother, 44, were taken to Westmead Hospital. The father was treated for non-life threatening injuries, while his wife remains in serious condition with injuries to her face, arm and pelvis.

The girl's 55-year-old aunt suffered internal and spinal injuries in the crash, and was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Mottram was charged yesterday with three counts of dangerous driving, one count of causing bodily harm by misconduct, mid-range drink driving, using a mobile phone while driving, and negligent driving.

Local police said the woman's blood-alcohol level was 0.113 - more than double the legal limit of 0.05.

Katie Orr, an inspector from New South Wales Police's Crash Investigation Division, told local media: "No one should get behind the wheel with any alcohol to that extent."

She also alleged Mottram was sending and receiving text messages at the time of the crash.

Mottram was released on bail and will appear in court on October 10.

The Immigration Department said it has contacted the Office of the Commissioner of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Chinese consulate in Sydney for more details after learning that a Hong Kong family had been involved in a traffic accident in Sydney.

The department said it has also contacted the family's relatives, and vowed to assist them in any way possible.

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