Days after by being struck by a ute while walking, an adored and “outgoing” Taupō woman is yet to wake from an induced coma.
Supriya Tikaram was flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition on Friday night after the hit-and-run on Richmond Ave.
She sustained multiple injuries, Tori Bicknell, a close friend of about 25 years, said.
The 36 year old’s “stunning” face has been badly injured, too.
A family member told Stuff that Tikaram was stable in ICU on Tuesday.
The tight-knit family remain at her bedside, “struggling to think straight”, Bicknell said.
“Her mother will not leave her side.”
Bicknell, who lives in Australia, has set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs while they drop everything to look after Tikaram.
Tikaram, outgoing, kind-hearted and popular, is the type of friend who usually “has everybody in stitches”.
“She always wants to go on adventures, bit of a night owl – doesn’t like to sleep very much.
“You know in a group of friends how you’ve got that friend that’s got that glimmer in their eye? Mischievous and really funny? That’s Supriya.”
She adores animals and has been doing volunteer work with animals – particularly with SPCA – for years, Bicknell said.
While Tikaram has worked as an air hostess previously, she’d recently been enjoying a more low-key lifestyle with her family in Taupō.
“Some people just deserve a break and Supriya deserved a break.
“It’s just horrible.”
Tikaram’s parents had been overwhelmed with people’s support and kindness at such a traumatic time, Bicknell said.
“They wanted to extend their thanks for the thoughts and love everyone is sending.”
And while Tikaram isn’t allowed visitors, besides her family, Bicknell said the number of people asking to see her could fill the hospital.
“Hopefully we’ll get there soon.”
Bicknell said while everyone’s focus was on Tikaram’s recovery, it was important that whoever had struck her didn’t get away with it.
“They need to be held accountable for what they’ve done.”
Police are asking for the driver, passengers or anyone who knows of the incident to come forward.
A police statement said the white ute, lowered and with tinted windows, would have damage on its front. It was last seen travelling south on Richmond Ave, from the intersection of Ingle Ave.
Any residents with CCTV footage of Richmond Ave are urged to contact police, and anyone with information is asked to call 07 378 6060 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police said no arrests have been made.