Family of girl hit by lawnmower feels sympathy for driver
THE family of a nine-year-old girl hit by a racing lawnmower at the Fraser Coast Show on Friday say they feel nothing but sympathy for the driver.
Ella Cole was one of several people injured when the lawnmower's steering mechanism snapped during a race and ploughed into the crowd along the fence line.
Doctors have confirmed Ella has no broken bones but they are unable to say whether she has any muscle or tendon damage until the swelling around her left knee goes down.
Ella, who was in good spirits resting at home in Maryborough yesterday, said she had no memory of being hit by the mower.
"I was standing at the fence and the next thing I was laying on the ground," she said.
"The bonnet hit my legs."
Parents Sarah and Ben said they did not blame the lawnmower driver, a Maryborough man, who sustained scratches to his face and neck.
"He was very upset," Ms Cole said.
"But it wasn't his fault. We felt for him straight away."
Ms Cole said five others were hurt, including her friend who was with Ella at the time.
"She dislocated her shoulder," Ms Cole said.
"Another child was thrown into the air ... a few people were scratched by the fence wire including a seven-month-old baby."
She said the tragic event had brought out the kindness of the Maryborough community and Ella had been inundated with phone calls and flowers.
"Even at the scene, everyone was very respectful," she said.
This year was the first the Fraser Coast Show had featured lawnmower racing.
All lawnmowers have their blades removed.