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Highway Patrol Car Smashs Into Wife Vehicle, Man Sues Police

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Ten days after a highway patrol car smashed into his wife’s vehicle and put her in a coma, racing identity Bert Vieira has vowed to sue the police and make them “hurt”.

Gai Vieira, 68, was turning onto the Kingsway at Cronulla on Wednesday, September 5, when the pursuit car crashed into her Mercedes Benz with their grandson in the back seat.

Police have admitted the highway patrol car that struck Mrs Vieira did not have its siren or lights on and was travelling at 124km/h. Her vehicle was destroyed and the pursuit car was also seriously damaged.

Speaking outside of St George Hospital where his wife remains in a critical condition, Mr Vieira slammed Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy for his statement about police pursuits last week.

Bert Vieira and his family have spoken outside of St George Hospital to confirm he is suing NSW Police over the crash.

Bert Vieira and his family have spoken outside of St George Hospital to confirm he is suing NSW Police over the crash.

He also confirmed he would be suing NSW Police as part of his campaign to stop high-speed police chases.

“The only way to teach them a lesson is to make them hurt,” Mr Vieira said.

Mr Vieira said the family had kept a bedside vigil but not having his wife around the house was taking its toll.

“I still wake up in the morning and think I’m going to cuddle her, but she’s not there,” he said.

Gai Vieira is clinging to life after a police car ploughed into her vehicle.

Gai Vieira is clinging to life after a police car ploughed into her vehicle.

“We are praying and hoping that she will come back to us. The hospital is doing everything they can.”

In a scathing rebuttal of Asst Commissioner Corboy’s comments last week, Mr Vieira said he had “never seen a worse statement in my life”.

“It’s an insult to my family and to everyone that has been hurt by a police car chase,” he said. “A statement like that should never be put out.

Mr Vieira's wife Gai, 58, was struck side-on in the crash

Mr Vieira’s wife Gai, 58, was struck side-on in the crash

“This is embarrassing, and an insult to the good people of the police and the good public.”

Mr Vieira’s campaign for change has already seen the Roads and Maritime Services and local council consider installing traffic lights at the corner of Wooloware Road and the Kingsway.

“Council will write to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services seeking a response to calls for the installation of a signalised intersection or no right turn at The Kingsway and Connels Road Woolooware,” Sutherland Shire Council said in a statement.

The police car was also heavily damaged in the collision

The police car was also heavily damaged in the collision

They also said they had submitted a similar request for The Kingsway and Woolooware Road intersection near to where Ms Vieira’s vehicle was hit.

Mr Vieira said his wife would be proud of the outcome.

“This is something that all of Cronulla has been working for a long time.”

Last week Mr Vieira said he would devote his life to stopping high-speed police pursuits.

Mr Vieira, who owns race horses, said his wife was a popular woman in the community.

“I’m so lucky she’s my wife, and I want her back. But I want someone to take responsibility for what’s happened. And until they do, I will not stop.”

Mr Vieira's wife Gai, 58, was struck side-on in the crash

Mr Vieira’s wife Gai, 58, was struck side-on in the crash



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