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A mother of two who was critically injured when she was struck by a motorcyclist in a “callous” hit-run will have her life support switched off, her husband has confirmed.
Andrea Lehane, 34, was walking through a pedestrian crossing at a Carrum Downs shopping centre in Melbourne’s south-east when she was bowled over by a mini-motorcycle.
CCTV captured the moment she was struck. It shows a group of motorbike riders speeding off after the collision.
Ms Lehane’s husband James issued a statement to Macquarie Radio saying his wife had suffered “unsurvivable brain damage” in the crash.
“The team at the Alfred [Hospital] have done an extraordinary job but the damage done has been confirmed to be too great,” he said.
Mr Lehane said his wife’s life support would be switched off at some point today or tomorrow.
He said, for his wife’s final act of generosity, the family had consented to organ donation.
“I will be taking her children, her three-year-old son and four-year-old daughter to see their mum for the last time before this occurs.”
Mr Lehane said in the statement that his wife would be remembered as an extraordinary person.
“She was very content in her life and loved and cared for her family and friends. She always put them first,” he said.
“She will always be remembered and missed. Words cannot explain how I feel.”
Yesterday, Victoria Police Inspector Bernie Rankin appealed for the motorcyclists involved to come forward, saying he was certain they knew what had happened.
“It was just callous,” he said.
“Even the motorcycles following the offending one that struck the woman saw what happened, saw the whole thing unfold in front of them.
“They were aware she hit that ground very heavily and of course, they would also be aware the likelihood of her suffering serious injuries was high.”
Mini-bikes ‘a recipe for disaster’
The mini-motorcycle that hit Ms Lehane was most likely an illegal cheap import from China, according to the Victorian Motorcycle Council.
Vice-chairman Peter Baulch said they were slipping through a loophole in legislation and design rules.
“It’s just a recipe for disaster as we’ve seen this week,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne.
“I’m not normally a supporter of regulation for regulation’s sake … but clearly there is a void or a gap in our current regulations that allows these illegal bikes to be imported and sold.
“Unfortunately it puts the burden back on police to enforce the existing regulations in respect of helmets, protective clothing and the like.”
Mr Baulch said history indicated banning the motorbikes would not work.
“Unfortunately experience tells us that when these culprits are apprehended they get a gentle slap on the wrist from authorities — there’s no real deterrent to prevent this recurring,” he said.
Frankston Council ban on mini-motorbikes difficult to enforce
Frankston Council, which takes in Carrum Downs, banned unregistered mini-motorcycles in 2007 under local law after complaints about noise and risk of serious injury.
Mayor Sandra Mayer said police had seized eight motorbikes in the past year in the area while the council had impounded another 10.
But she said it was a difficult problem to tackle.
“We used to have community safety meetings a couple of times a year in the area and the police would always say, ‘Well, we can’t very well chase someone on a bike through a park in a police vehicle’,” she said.
“One thing you can do as a resident, if you know where these people live, if they’re your neighbours, then notify police.”
Bedside vigil kept for Melbourne mother Andrea Lehane after Carrum Downs hit and run
A Melbourne mother who was run down and left for dead by a gang of young hoons on mini “monkey” motorbikes has suffered “unsurvivable brain damage”.
The family of Andrea Lehane, who described her as “extraordinary wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunty, niece and friend”, confirmed her condition as they kept a vigil at her bedside, radio station 3AW reported on Friday.
Ms Lehane, 34, was struck walking across a pedestrian crossing in the Carrum Downs Regional Shopping Centre car park about 5.10pm on Wednesday.
She will leave behind two children aged three and four.
Her distraught husband, James, released a statement on Friday morning, saying his wife would not survive the incident.
“On Wednesday afternoon my family’s lives changed in an instant from a careless and avoidable accident,” he said.
“As a result of the impact, my wife suffered unsurvivable brain damage.
“The team at The Alfred have done an extraordinary job, but the damage has been confirmed to be too great.
“Being a nurse, Andy was always keen on organ donation, so as a family we have consented to her going through a complete organ donation process.
“Some time today or tomorrow she will go into theatre, with her life support machines, for her final act of caring and giving.
“I will be taking her children, her three-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, to see their mum for the last time before this occurs.
“She was an extraordinary wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunty, niece and friend. She was very content in her life and loved and cared for her family and friends – she always put them first. She will always be remembered and missed. Words cannot explain how I feel.”
Mr Lehane has requested privacy for his family, saying they would like time to grieve.
Ms Lehane was flown to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition with severe head and chest injuries on Wednesday.
Police described the behaviour of the five motorcycle riders, believed to be teenage boys, as “callous”.
Confronting CCTV footage shows them roaring through the busy carpark and slamming into Ms Lehane as she nears the end of the pedestrian crossing.
The first rider passed her, then performed a wheelie, while the second bike, carrying two people, struck her.
The two boys fell off the bike, after which the passenger ran off, while the rider jumped back on his bike and sped off.
One woman, who asked not to be named, described the horrific sight of seeing her laying face down on the ground.
“Everyone was just trying to help her out,” she said, still visibly shaken.
“There was just blood everywhere, flowing everywhere.
“They need to do something to make it safer.”
She said one bystander had jumped into a nearby car and chased after the group of hoons fleeing on their bikes.
“My thoughts are for her now,” she said, after laying a card among the flowers.
Meanwhile, local residents have likened the shopping centre car park to a “drag strip”.
“Everyone drives way too fast around it, like a drag strip, and definitely not enough lighting at night. She was hit on the crossing!” one woman said on Facebook.”Too awful for words.”
Residents placed flowers and a teddy bear next to the pedestrian crossing where the woman was struck, along with notes expressing support and sympathy.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you, get well soon,” one note reads.
“We weep for all, we pray for humanity,” another states.
Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin, from the Major Collision Investigation Unit, said it was not yet clear whether the youths were riding “monkey” bikes or other motorcycles.
Frankston Council, which takes in Carrum Downs, was the first in Victoria to ban the bikes in 2007.
It is illegal to ride most monkey bikes, also known as pocket bikes, on public roads or footpaths.
But is not illegal to own one for use on a private property, such as a gated farm and the small vehicles can easily be bought online.
In general, the bikes have a top speed of 70km/h.
Most monkey bikes, formally known as miniature motorcycles, do not comply with the Australian Design Rules and cannot be registered as a motorcycle.
“Riding a monkey bike without a valid motorcycle licence means a rider will be committing two offences, including driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a licence,” said Robyn Seymour, the director of vehicle and road use policy at VicRoads.
However some monkey bikes, including a line manufactured by Honda, do comply with Australian Design Rules and, therefore, can be registered.It is understood those select bikes have the right compliance plates to meet Australian road safety standards.
Frankston Council, which takes in Carrum Downs, was the first in Victoria to ban monkey bikes entirely in 2007.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.