Paramedics treat disabled Exmouth woman after car collision

PUBLISHED: 19:48 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

A 33-year-old disabled woman was uninjured after she was involved in a collision with a car on Tuesday afternoon while using the pedestrian crossing from the Magnolia Centre towards the Parade.

A 33-year-old disabled woman was uninjured after she was involved in a collision with a car on Tuesday afternoon while using the pedestrian crossing from the Magnolia Centre towards the Parade.

Wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy sufferer Andrea Higgins-Iveson, of Rivercourt, had been out with friends when she was involved in the incident which left her lying on the ground in the middle of the busy main road.

Exeter Road came to a standstill while scores of shoppers watched as paramedics treated the 33-year-old at the scene before thoroughly checking her over in the back of a waiting ambulance.

Ms Higgins-Iveson did not need hospital treatment and was taken home to her waiting friends.

"I fell forward onto the road but I'm okay," said Ms Higgins-Iveson.

Police officers directed the traffic away from the casualty and advised drivers to find alternative routes until the road was cleared.

Two years ago, in January 2006, Ms Higgins-Iveson, who has been disabled since birth, hoped to fulfil her ambition of throwing herself 12,000 feet out of an aeroplane in a tandem parachute jump to raise £2,000 to buy a state-of-the-art electric wheelchair.

Her plans were thwarted and dream shattered when she failed to get the all-clear from her doctor.

The Royal Marines based at Lympstone had been poised to help Andrea with her parachute challenge providing she passed a medical.

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