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Crash victim gave statement one day before she died

A nurse died from complications stemming from being struck by a car a month earlier, a Supreme Court jury was told yesterday.

Norrell Hull Jr, 48, pleaded not guilty to killing Tamra Broadley through careless driving.

Carrington Mahoney, for the Crown, read a statement that Ms Broadley made on October 3, 2019 – the day before she died.

Ms Broadley said in her statement that she crossed Berry Hill Road, Devonshire, while on her way to work at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on September 9, 2019.

She said: “I stopped at the pedestrian crossing, looked left towards Botanical Gardens and there was no traffic in sight.

“I then looked to the right and saw a motor car in the far distance. I assumed that the driver would reduce speed and I proceeded to cross the pedestrian crossing.

“I took a few steps onto this crossing and suddenly saw a huge shadow on my right and felt the pain of being hit on the right side of my body.

“I remember rolling at least twice on the ground and stayed there in the road, until onlookers and police attended to me.

“I did not see who the driver was at the time, but when I asked who the driver was, another colleague told me it was Norrell.”

Ms Broadley said she suffered chest injuries and a disfigured leg from the incident, as well as several abrasions.

She added that, although she was discharged from the hospital later that day, she was rushed back two days later because of “severe pain in [her] chest”.

Ms Broadley was discharged on September 22 and was bedridden until her death on October 4 that same year.

Carrington Mahoney, for the Crown, told the court yesterday that the Crown believed these complications later led to Ms Broadley’s death.

Charles Swan, an anaesthetist at the hospital, said that he rode behind a black car on Berry Hill Road, Paget, on the morning of the incident.

He told the court that he saw the vehicle strike a person at a pedestrian crosswalk in the hospital’s parking lot.

Dr Swan added: “I went to look at the person who was hit by the car. They were on the ground in front of the vehicle. I talked to her and asked her if she was OK; she complained of a pain.”

Dr Swan said that someone called an ambulance and that, after he saw that she was in stable condition, he left to start his shift at the intensive care unit.

He added that there were rumble strips before the crosswalk, which would urge motorists to slow down.

Dr Swan said that the morning was also “sunny and dry”, though he admitted that the sun could easily get in a driver’s eyes when travelling east along Berry Hill Road.

The trial, sitting in front of Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, continues.

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