Hit-run victim's comeback dream shattered
A PEDESTRIAN injured in an horrific hit-run outside Canberra Hospital on Thursday was a respected netball coach trying to make a comeback as a player.
Friends say Ashlee Bumpus, aged 25, has had surgery after bones were broken in both legs.
They said a thigh bone in one leg and an ankle bone in the other leg were broken.
Ms Bumpus is still in hospital.
Justin Lee Monfries is accused of killing senior cardiac technician Linda Cox and injuring Ms Bumpus.
Police allege Monfries ploughed into the women after running a red light while trying to evade police in a stolen car that had fled from the scene of an earlier crash in Hughes.
Ms Bumpus, who has played netball for the ACT, was scheduled to play division one netball this season - just a level below representing the territory - but was taking the season off because of a back injury.
Before the incident, she had hoped to return to full playing fitness for the 2013 season.
Friend and president of South Canberra Netball Association, Janine Kirk, said Ms Bumpus has her netball responsibilities put on hold because of her injuries.
She said Ms Bumpus, who played as goal defence or goal keeper, was also scheduled to coach the association's under 14s representative team this season.
''The girls are leading a fund-raising drive to let Ashlee know we're thinking of her, they've put together a bunch of flowers for Ashlee,'' Mrs Kirk said.
She said Ms Bumpus' mother Carmel, a nurse, was working at Canberra Hospital the day of the incident involving her daughter.
''Carmel rang me Thursday night - she was very shaken,'' Mrs Kirk said.
''She was thankful she still had her daughter but very sad she had lost a colleague.
''She was working that day but I'm not sure if she had already gone home.
''She's now quite sleep deprived.''
Treasurer Wayne Swan, while at the hospital yesterday, acknowledged the tragic events of the week, and said he hoped the health funding would provide some good news for staff who have had a tough few days.