The family of a woman who was seriously injured after her car was hit by a police vehicle, allegedly at high speed, are demanding answers into what happened.
Gai Vieira, the wife of racing identity Bert Vieira, was on her way to lunch from Cronulla with her three-year-old grandson in the car. He was not hurt in the crash.
She remains in a coma in St George Hospital after recovering from surgery to broken bones and internal injuries.
Her children have again pleaded with more information on social media, saying they have had “no information” from police.
Her son Trent Vieira told Fairfax Media they have had no choice but to try to get answers on social media.
“The frustrating thing for us is that they have told us nothing,” he said.
“They just tell us it’s an ongoing investigation. But we are family and should have more information shared with us.
“My mum was just babysitting for the day and it seems police were playing a cat-and-mouse game through a residential street.
“Several people have messaged us saying they often see police sit in their cars at Rydges Hotel just waiting with binoculars and clipboards to catch people on their phones, and then speed up the Kingsway chasing them.”
'Our family will never be the same'
Mrs Vieira’s daughter Cassie Vieira-Choy posted on Facebook that the support her family has received from the public however, has been overwhelming.
“As my beautiful mum is still fighting for her life, I want to thank you all for the support. The love and well wishes from family, friends and the public has been simply overwhelming,” she said.
“We cannot sing higher praises for the amazing doctors and nurses at St George Hospital, we have no doubt she is in the best hands possible.
“As we all sit by her side, praying for mum we are still at a loss as to how this occurred. This has not been made any clearer by the police as we still have not received any information from the police.
“All witnesses have the same story, stating no sirens/no lights. Police have dashboard camera, blackbox, multiple witnesses to confirm this.
My mum was just babysitting for the day and it seems police were playing a cat-and-mouse game through a residential street.Trent Vieira
“The policeman involved walked away with minor facial cuts, discharged the same day, home to his family. Our family will never be the same.
“We need answers. Please help us to get the answers and ensure this horrific event never happens to another family and put a stop to erratic high speed pursuit for a possible mobile phone use. We all just want the truth.”
Police on Thursday said that the officer, who suffered minor facial injuries, was pursuing a motorist he had seen using his mobile phone behind the wheel.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy would not comment last week on whether the patrol car had its lights and sirens going.
The crash is now being investigated as a critical incident.