Constable Sarah Maxwell, who was injured in a traffic incident in Oxford Street in Sydney last Monday week.
Constable Sarah Maxwell, who was injured in a traffic incident in Oxford Street in Sydney last Monday week.

Parents maintain bedside vigil

Byron Bay’s Bruce and Carol Maxwell are this week maintaining an anxious vigil at the bedside of their daughter, Constable Sarah Maxwell, who is in a serious but stable condition in Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital after being knocked down by a car in Oxford Street last week.

Mr and Mrs Maxwell, who used to own the Short Stop service station and shop in Shirley Street, rushed to Sydney straight after they had been told their daughter had been seriously injured.

Speaking from Sydney on Tuesday, Mr Maxwell said his daughter was still in the intensive care unit where she was responding to questions. He said the responses included hand-squeezing and head nods.

“She’s not singing and dancing, but she is showing positive signs,” he said.

“But she is not out of the woods.”

Constable Maxwell, who attended St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School and later Trinity at Lismore, while patrolling with fellow officers in Oxford Street was knocked down running to a scuffle on the other side of the road.

The driver of the car stopped to help. He was breath tested and gave a negative result.

Mr Maxwell, well-known for his fund-raising for the children’s charity, Variety, said he and his wife had shed a lot of tears and would remain in Sydney until their daughter ‘got on the rehabilitation road’.

He said they had been overwhelmed by messages of support from family and friends and by the ‘magnificent’ support of the NSW Police Force.

Mr Maxwell said messages of support for Sarah could be texted to 0437 933737.

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