FOUR years ago Ellen Zeunert and her mother Irene Barnes were in a two-car collision which seriously injured them both and killed the occupant of the other car.
During the past four years, Mrs Zeunert has been through ups and downs both physically and mentally but is now doing well.
Mrs Zeunert had taken her mother to visit relatives in Shepparton and on January 5, 2008, was driving near the township of Colbinabbin in central Victoria on the Heathcote-Rochester Rd when an 80-year-old man driving on the Bendigo-Murchison Rd failed to stop at a stop sign.
Mrs Zeunert, who remembers the whole incident, said she was travelling at 100km and the other car in excess of 100km when they collided.
“I remember it all vividly, from the flash of the car to thinking we are about to be in a very serious accident, it is like what they say, everything went into slow motion,” she said.
As a result of the accident Mrs Zeunert sustained a shattered heel, numerous fractures to her ankle, a broken knee cap, bruised ribs, a fractured collarbone and lacerations to her chest.
Read more about Ellen’s recovery in the Talk Down the Toll feature in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.