A two-car accident in Kurrajong Village last Friday morning has left well-known former Hawkesbury councillor Dianne Finch in a serious condition in hospital.
Police were called to Grose Vale Road (between Greggs Road and Buckett Place) at 7.30am following a report two cars had crashed into the front yard of a property.
Detective Inspector Paul McHugh said a Kurrajong man, 20, was driving a Ford Falcon XR6 sedan south on Grose Vale Road while the woman’s Camry was proceeding out of a driveway, before both vehicles collided.
“The male driver was taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment for soft tissue injuries to his forehead,’’ Inspector Paul McHugh said.
The woman, 67, was later identified as former councillor and Legatee Dianne Finch.
Mrs Finch was flown to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition while the other driver was taken to Nepean Hospital by road in a stable condition.
A spokesperson for Westmead Hospital confirmed to the Gazette yesterday that Mrs Finch was in a critical but stable condition and was currently in intensive care.
The incident sparked an outpouring of good wishes from the community for Mrs Finch.
President of Sydney Legacy Eric Eastbrook said Mrs Finch was a much-loved person within the Hawkesbury and across Sydney.
‘‘Di has been a board member for several years before stepping down a short while ago,’’ he said.
‘‘She is also loved by all our members and widows.’’
Close friend, Londonderry MP Bart Bassett, said Mrs Finch was ‘‘enormously community minded and the best deputy mayor anyone could ever want’’.
Police investigations into the incident are continuing.
No charges have been laid.