Regan Schoultz is an NZME news service reporter based in Auckland.

Picton woman left stranded on side of road after freak accident

Sloane Coleman was hit by a rock in her eye while driving to her Picton home. Photo / Supplied
Sloane Coleman was hit by a rock in her eye while driving to her Picton home. Photo / Supplied

A Picton woman injured in a freak accident was left stranded on the side of the road as she desperately tried to wave down passing cars for help.

Sloane Coleman, car rental company business manager, said she was driving into the small town when she was hit in the eye by a walnut-sized stone which came in through her window.

"My window was ajar about four inches and I looked over to the right where I saw an elderly man mowing his lawns and then I heard the noise and a stone must have hit me in the eye from his mower," she told the Herald. "I then stopped really quickly ... and I knew I needed help."

Coleman was hit in the eye by a stone the size of a walnut which came in through her window. Photo / Supplied
Coleman was hit in the eye by a stone the size of a walnut which came in through her window. Photo / Supplied

The 39-year-old said she got out of her vehicle, blood pouring down her face, and attempted to wave down passing cars.

"I had to venture on to the side of the road and actually flag cars down and surprisingly they still didn't stop until someone eventually did stop and came back."

Ms Coleman estimated about 10 to 15 cars passed before one pulled over to help her.

"I was starting to get worried and I was starting to think should I get back in my car and drive for help, should I walk to a house, what should I do so I was starting to think of plan B," she said.

"By this time, the blood was right down to my arm."

Ms Coleman said the blood was on her chest, down her face and on her arm so it was obvious she was bleeding.

Coleman tried to wave down traffic for help following the incident but said around 10 to 15 cars passed her before anyone came to her aid.
Coleman tried to wave down traffic for help following the incident but said around 10 to 15 cars passed her before anyone came to her aid.

The mother of two said she was completely stunned at the number of people who drove past her without stopping.

"My first thought was dear God, what is wrong with these people. I know they can see me."

After what felt like "a lifetime" for Ms Coleman, a woman in a ute heading in the opposite direction came to her rescue calling emergency services to the scene.

Ms Coleman was taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim for treatment. She is recovering at home but is unsure of whether she will regain the sight in her right eye.

"I went to the specialist today and there is no change. The eye is still completely full on blood so I can't see. [The specialist] hasn't said whether I will regain full eyesight at all yet."

Ms Coleman is hopeful she will make a full recovery.

- NZ Herald

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