Face of woman hit by concrete block dropped on her car
THIS is the first pictures of a woman who was left with fractures to her face and ribs and internal injuries when a "bucket-sized" piece of concrete was dropped on to her vehicle from a bridge.
Carol Manley, 57, suffered the wounds on a stretch of road in Essex where motorist Lisa Horne escaped unharmed earlier when a rock the size of a football smashed on her windscreen.
Married Mrs Manley is seen with a bloodied face, oxygen mask and severe bruising around her eyes in hospital, where she is receiving treatment.
Her husband Steve was driving their car when it was hit at 10.05pm last Thursday.
He suffered minor cuts and bruises but his wife bore the brunt.
Police said Mrs Manley was making good progress in hospital.
Forty minutes earlier, mother-of-two Ms Horne, 26, had a lucky escape when she and her 48-year-old mother were also hit in their Vauxhall Astra.
Her car was hit under another bridge on the same stretch of road.
She said she believed "someone was looking over me" when she escaped injury.
Ms Horne said: "Obviously, if I was going any faster, it may have been a different story. I do feel very lucky.
Ms Horne was driving to Chelmsford with her mother, Stella Horne, after a day's Christmas shopping when the large piece of granite slammed on to their bonnet.
The pair had been travelling at around 50mph or 55mph at the time of the incident as it had been raining and Ms Horne was running low on petrol.
Her mother Stella said she remembered "a shadow coming down from the sky, and there was the biggest explosion".
"That was a rock hitting the car," she said.
"At the time I thought it was something off an aeroplane, that was the first thought that was in my head."
She said she was "so proud" of her daughter and how she handled the incident.
"I went into mum mode and started shouting," she said.
Asked what she thought of the perpetrator, she said: "I just don't know how they went home that night and slept, when they could have killed four people in half an hour. I can't sleep, thinking about it."
Police are treating both incidents as attempted murder.