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Hero teen leaves herself in path of car to save her dad

Sarina Holmlund quite possibly saved her father’s life when she pushed him out of the way of a oncoming car and took the impact herself in South Lismore on Friday afternoon.
Sarina Holmlund quite possibly saved her father’s life when she pushed him out of the way of a oncoming car and took the impact herself in South Lismore on Friday afternoon. Patrick Gorbunovs

A TEENAGE girl who was hit by a four-wheel drive at South Lismore on Friday says she would go through the ordeal again to save her beloved adoptive father.

Sarina Holmlund, 17, and her 72-year-old father John Trigger were crossing a Casino St pedestrian crossing at about 4.40pm when she saw the driver of the four-wheel drive was blinded by the afternoon sun.

"I couldn't make eye contact with the driver and I could hear the engine wasn't going to slow down, so I just grabbed my dad and I pushed him out of the way," she said.

"I thought I wouldn't be able to survive without him and I had to save him, he's all that I have got at the moment."

The Trinity Catholic College HSC student said she was clipped by the front corner of the four-wheel drive's bonnet, which she estimated was travelling at about 35km/h and flung along the road.

"I managed to get myself to the edge of the car so I wasn't completely run over."

Mr Trigger said he was knocked to the ground and the four-wheel drive clipped his leg.

"I looked up from the ground and there was Sarina flying through the air," he said.

Despite suffering grazing, a sore hip and a black eye, Sarina said her only concern was for her father.

"I screamed out for someone to call an ambulance for my father."

Mr Trigger said patrons from the hotel, plus staff and customers from Southside Pharmacy rushed outside, found him and Sarina and called an ambulance.

"Sarina was amazing because if she hadn't done that we both could have been killed because it was a big four-wheel drive.

"The man got out of the four-wheel drive and he was white as a sheet with shock and crying when he stopped to offer assistance."

Ms Holmlund was taken to Lismore Base Hospital and was found to have concussion and a fractured hip.

From her hospital bed Ms Holmlund said fortunately her dad, who adopted her when she was 11 months old, only suffered a scratch on his leg and a cut elbow.

Sarina is keen to get back to study and is in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

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