NATIONAL NEWS - Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso remains in a critical condition after she was hit by a golf cart, a family spokesman said on Wednesday.
"There hasn't been any change," the judge's nephew, Nicholas Traverso said.
"She is in intensive care and remains in a critical condition. She is still in a medically-induced coma."
Traverso said his aunt was hit by a cart driven by an advocate at the Royal Cape Golf Club while she was playing a round at the weekend.
She broke a number of bones, including her pelvis and shoulder, in the accident. She also had various internal injuries, including a punctured lung.
The driver of the cart, acting judge Robert McDougall, an SC with the Cape Bar, told the Argus newspaper it was a freak accident.
"We had to let some people through, before the next tee, so we stood around and let them through," he said.
"Once we let them through I was the first to set off. She was standing in front of me, she was maybe a metre from me.
"I pressed the accelerator carefully, and the next thing the front of the car biffed her. I must have pressed the accelerator again, thinking it was the brake, and then next thing the wheels were on top of her."
Traverso is the first woman acting judge president in the country.
As deputy judge president of the Cape Bench, Traverso has filled in for Judge President John Hlophe a number of times. She has been deputy judge president since 2001.
Source : Sapa
Posted on: 15:39 Wed, 02 November 2011
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