Injured Oban woman Agnes is ‘looking better’

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The daughter of the Oban woman injured in a hit-and-run accident in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Agnes MacKechnie, says her mother is ‘looking a lot better’ in hospital.

Karen MacKechnie flew to the United States on Sunday November 12 to be at her mum’s bedside in St Luke’s Hospital.

After visiting Agnes, Karen messaged her aunt, Sharon Bratton, who passed on the Facebook post to The Oban Times.

In her message, Karen says: ‘That’s me arrived last night safe and sound. She’s looking a lot better than I thought she would.

‘She is due to go for surgery today. They discovered a small tear near the aortic and will be putting in a stent. Will let you all know how it goes. ‘

Following the procedure, Karen messaged The Oban Times to say: ‘My mum’s surgery today was a success and she is currently recovering from anesthesia. Hopefully, we will get to speak to her soon.’

Sharon, Agnes’s sister, said this week that Agnes, who suffered severe injuries in the incident on Hallowe’en, was continuing to make progress after a number of operations.

Sharon told The Oban Times: ‘She is improving and is still getting regular scans. She has fractured both legs and wrists.

‘She has sat up for the first time but still in a lot of pain. The drugs make her sleepy so can only manage to speak for a short time.’

Meanwhile, police in Bethlehem are continuing with their attempt to identify the driver who knocked down Agnes.

Police issued pictures from CCTV cameras of a dark blue Ford pick-up truck. The city’s police department said: ‘The vehicle has stickers on the left and right lower corners of the rear window. The truck also has a significant amount of debris in the truck bed. The truck should have some front-end damage. The truck appears to have an extended cab.’