Mum, 32, hit by runaway car suffers life-changing injuries as 'hero' husband throws daughter, 2, out of the way

A MUM suffered life-changing injuries after being hit by a “careering car” as her “hero” husband threw their two-year-old daughter out of the way. 

Jenna O’Neill, 32, was airlifted to hospital after the vehicle ploughed into the family at a festival in Denbighshire, Wales on Saturday afternoon.

Shocked Jenna said she “thought her whole family had died” when the parked car rolled down a hill before hitting the family at the Conscious Tribal Gathering in Denbighshire, North Wales. 

Dad Stephen managed to throw daughter Ayla out of the path of the car as it hurtled towards them – and the tot escaped with cuts. 


She told the BBC: “My two-and-a-half year old toddler only survived this incident because my husband threw her out of the way of the car as it careered down the road.

“He's a hero. Things would be very different if it wasn't for his quick-thinking and fast actions.”

Jenna said she is in a critical but stable condition in hospital having suffered a broken collar bone, 10 broken ribs and a fractured pelvis as well as damage to her liver and spleen.

She added: “Mentally I keep going over what happened. I genuinely believed my whole family had died.

I genuinely believed my whole family had died.

“I’m really struggling with the fact that two days ago I was healthy and having fun with my family and now I'm unable to move in a hospital bed, unable to see my family as I'm so far from home due to Covid restrictions.

"However all of this is manageable as I am so aware that it could have been so much worse if it wasn't for the actions of my heroic husband throwing our toddler out of the way of the oncoming car. So I am grateful for their safety."

North Wales Police said they were called to a report that an "unoccupied vehicle had rolled downhill over a tent at a campsite near Corwen", which lies about 15 miles west of Wrexham.

The force has launched an investigation and is liaising with the Health and Safety Executive.

Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to "reports of a road traffic collision involving pedestrians" in the Glyndyfrdwy area of Corwen at about 1.30pm on Saturday.

The service said one person was flown by air ambulance to the major trauma unit at Stoke's University Hospital while two people were taken to Wrexham's Maelor Hospital in a road ambulance.

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