While Makiita doesn’t recall much, her father certainly can. Ross, a policeman of 20 years, was at the Inverell police station when a road accident job came over the radio. He looked at the time and thought it was the same time that Makiita would be heading to school. Immediately, he had that terrible feeling.
Approaching the crash site, Ross saw it was his daughter’s smashed car and his worst fears became a reality. He found Makiita trapped in the car and unconscious.
“She was very, very, very pale”, he said. Rescue crews worked for 40 minutes and then she was transported in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to John Hunter Hospital. Makiita was in a critical condition. She'd sustained a brain injury, collapsed lung as well as spinal and pelvis fractures.