THE Dublin librarian who was knocked unconscious while her car was hijacked in broad daylight is recovering in hospital, her family has confirmed.
Liz Turley (59) was at the gates of her Argyle House apartment complex in Ballsbridge just before 2pm on Monday when two car-jackers struck.
She was entering the code for the electric gates and had left the engine of her car, a grey Ford Focus, running.
As she was doing this, a man and woman, both thought to be in their 20s, jumped into the car and reversed it away from the gate.
Ms Turley approached the driver's side of the car but was pushed away aggressively by the man.
She fell and hit her head on the kerb, was knocked unconscious and sustained serious head injuries.
Yesterday, her family in the west of the country confirmed that Ms Turley has since regained consciousness but is still being treated for her injuries in St Vincent's Hospital.
"Thankfully, Liz is awake again and is making a recovery," said a relative.
"She didn't require any surgery but she is likely to be kept in for a while. We are just so thankful that she is okay. We cannot believe what happened to her."
Ms Turley's car was driven away in the direction of the city centre and was found yesterday morning parked in the Cuffe Street flats.
A garda source told the Herald: "The car was fully intact and we hope that a forensic examination will give us some clues as to who took it.
"CCTV along the different routes from Ballsbridge to the Cuffe Street flats is also being examined in relation to the investigation."
A motive for the theft is not yet known, but one possibility is that the car-jackers targeted Ms Turley opportunistically because she was vulnerable and out of her car.
Gardai are waiting to interview her when she is well enough.
Ms Turley works as senior librarian at the Pembroke Library. She is also a member of the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society.
The incident as she returned home from an Easter break with family in the west.
A fellow resident of the Argyle House complex told the Herald how Ms Turley was unconscious for a while after the attack.
"I called the ambulance and the gardai. She slowly began to come to, but she could not remember her name," he said.
The neighbour said the culprits were in their early 20s and neither had covered their face.
He believed they were looking for a car, had watched the area and deliberately targeted Ms Turley.