Police car crash leaves racing wife critical
The wife of a prominent racehorse owner is fighting for life in hospital after her car was involved in a crash with a police car in Cronulla on Wednesday.
Gai Vieira - wife of Sydney racing identity Bert Vieira - bore the brunt of the collision when a Highway Patrol car, with its lights and sirens activated, slammed into her Mercedes as she turned right out of Connels Rd onto The Kingsway about 12pm.
Mrs Vieira, 58, was rushed to St George Hospital in a critical condition, while a three-year-old boy who was sitting on the back seat of her car was uninjured. Mrs Vieira underwent surgery last night.
The male senior constable was treated for minor facial injuries.
A witness said he heard another car speeding up the Kingsway before the police car followed it up the road.
"I heard the sirens and saw the lights as well," he said.
Another witness said he saw Mrs Vieira lying near the car after the crash.
"The woman was turning right out of Connels Rd onto the Kingsway and she was hit by the police," the man said.
Bert Vieira is a part owner in the horse tipped to take out this year's $13 million The Everest race at Randwick in October - Trapeze Artist.
Police declared the crash a critical incident, meaning it will be subject to an independent review.
The Kingsway westbound remained closed for several hours as police combed the scene.