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Harrowing tale of how a young woman, 23, survived being struck by a drunk driver who reversed his ute into a crowd outside a pub: ‘I remember flat lining multiple times’

  • Georgia Moloney almost died when she was struck by a drunk driver in Oct 2020
  • She was hit by Benjamin Lawrence Bryne-Quinn’s outside a West Australian pub
  • Ms Moloney had 16 surgeries to close her wounds and had to learn to walk again
  • Bryne-Quinn has been allowed to drive since the attack as he awaits sentencing

A young woman who was nearly killed by a drunk driver when he reversed his ute into a crowd outside a West Australian pub has recalled her incredible recovery.

Georgia Moloney was outside the Crown Hotel Collie when her and friend Alexis Tate were hit and pinned against a wall by a ute being driven by Benjamin Lawrence Bryne-Quinn in October 2020.

Pictures from the scene show that the vehicle had slammed into the pub with such force that the wall had partially collapsed – leaving a gaping hole in the brick. 

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Miss Moloney, who was 23 at the time, was taken to Royal Perth Hospital’s intensive care unit and was initially expected not to survive. 

Georgia Moloney (pictured) was on the brink of death after she was struck by a drunk driver who reversed his ute into a crowd outside the Crown Hotel Collie in WA in October 2020

Georgia Moloney (pictured) was on the brink of death after she was struck by a drunk driver who reversed his ute into a crowd outside the Crown Hotel Collie in WA in October 2020

Doctors had to wait seven weeks to sew her abdomen up due to the severity of the wounds on her stomach.

She flat-lined during her recovery in intensive care and told 7News that she was unsure if she would survive.

‘[I] remember flat lining multiple times and having an out-of-body experience, telling myself ‘no, not yet, you got this far”,’ she told 7news.

‘I remember thinking ”I won’t make it, please tell mum and dad I love them”.’

Miss Moloney had 16 surgeries to close her injuries and went through five months of rehabilitation so she could walk again. 

Bryne-Quinn is awaiting sentecing over the incident but has been allowed to drive until sentencing. 

Miss Molney recalled how traumatic the experience had been for her and said the trauma was exacerbated by news that the court allowed Bryne-Quinn to continue driving.

Miss Moloney went through 16 surgeries to close her wounds and had to learn to walk again. Doctors had to wait seven weeks to sew her abdomen

Miss Moloney went through 16 surgeries to close her wounds and had to learn to walk again. Doctors had to wait seven weeks to sew her abdomen 

Bryne-Quinn pleaded guilty to driving the vehicle that struck Miss Moloney and Miss Tate.

Bryne-Quinn has been allowed on the road for the past 18 months as he awaits sentencing. He faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.  

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He will be sentenced on Monday. 

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