RESTING UP: Emily’s mother Leonie Kilah helps at home after Emily was hit by a car on the Warrego Hwy.
RESTING UP: Emily’s mother Leonie Kilah helps at home after Emily was hit by a car on the Warrego Hwy. Francis Witsenhuysen

Withcott crash victim tells of Warrego Hwy danger

CAREFULLY looking left and right before crossing the Warrego Hwy was not enough for Withcott teen, Emily Kilah.

In an accident where she is "lucky to be alive" Emily spent two days in Toowoomba Hospital with a compound leg fracture, after being hit by a car, while trying to cross the Warrego Highway.

"I'm upset because there should be a safer way for us to cross the road, it's not just younger school kids crossing there, it's older people too," Emily said.

"I'd like to see a pedestrian crossing or lights be put there."

Emily described what she could remember from the accident.

"I was getting off the bus and there's no crossing, so I came around the back of the bus. I looked both ways and there was no cars coming," Emily said.

"I started walking and tried to cross, and a car came at me.

"They say it was going at 60km, I blanked out and woke up in hospital in a lot of pain."

The 14-year-old high school Student said she was suffering flashbacks from the accident, which happened just after 3pm last Monday.

Emily's mother Leonie Kilah said her recovery would take about six to eight months.

"Who knows, she might have issues from this for the rest of her life," Ms Kilah said.

"There's a pin from the knee to the ankle."

Ms Kilah said her sister-in-law has been trying to do something about the highway crossing, or lack there of since 2010.

"Something needs to be done, people shouldn't have to risk their life to cross a road," Ms Kilah said.

Emily warned others who have to cross that section of the Warrego Hwy.

"Make sure you are fully aware when crossing that highway," Emily said.

Police investigations are continuing into the horrific incident.


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