21 December 2017

Canberrans urged to show support for 13-year-old footy fan injured in horrific crash

| Glynis Quinlan
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Thomas (TJ) with Christian Lealiifano from the ACT Brumbies who is “his biggest hero”. Photo supplied by the family.

A brave Jerrabomberra mother who is herself recovering from injuries is urging the community to show their support for her 13-year-old son Thomas (TJ) Campagna who was seriously injured in a three-car accident on the Kings Highway at Braidwood yesterday.

Alanna Davis has asked people to wear their favourite football jerseys this Friday, take a photo and post it on social media using the hashtag #Footy4TJ so that she can show her “football mad” son how much support he has.

TJ and Alanna were among five people who were injured in yesterday’s crash which occurred at about 2.15 pm when a 39-year-old Batemans Bay woman driving a coupe south on the Kings Highway allegedly crossed to the incorrect side of the road and collided with a northbound SUV and sedan, with a hatchback also sustaining damage.

The Batemans Bay woman has since been charged with three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and police have stated that they will allege in court that she was under the influence of ‘ice’ (methylamphetamine) at the time of the crash.

Following yesterday’s accident, TJ was airlifted to Canberra Hospital where he has undergone surgery and is now in ICU with serious injuries.

Police have reported that a 68-year-old woman from the SUV and a 19-year-old woman from the sedan are also in a serious condition.

A photo from the scene of the three-car accident on the Kings Highway at Braidwood yesterday. Photo source: NSW Police.

The Batemans Bay woman driving the coupe was not injured in the crash and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests. She was then taken to Queanbeyan Police Station where officers from the Crash Investigation Unit charged her with three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Police report that the woman was refused bail to appear at Queanbeyan Local Court today (December 20) and her licence has been suspended.

Alanna has taken to Facebook to update friends and family and writes that the family has been overwhelmed with messages of love and support for TJ.

She has also expressed her thanks to the many people who provided assistance immediately after the accident, as well as the fire crews, paramedics, medical staff, and extended family and friends.

Alanna is keen for her “incredible son” to know how much support there is for him in the community.

Despite his young years, TJ is well-known in the Canberra community for his love of football and his passion for raising money to assist charities and important causes.

Three years ago at the age of 10, he organised a celebrity touch football game to raise money for charity and he has taken part in a host of fundraising activities since.

If you play football please show your support for TJ this Friday by wearing your favourite jersey, taking a photo and posting it on social media using the hashtag #Footy4TJ

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