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Woman’s condition remains serious after Queens crash

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Stephen McKinley

A Tyrone woman who was seriously injured in a car crash in Queens on Aug. 1 is still on life support in Elmhurst Hospital, according to her sister.

Brenda Tunney was in the passenger side of a car that was struck by a truck at about midnight on Rust Street.

“She is looking at us and talking, but you can’t hear what she’s saying,” her sister Barbara said. “Her lips are moving. We don’t know yet if she has sustained brain damage.”

Tunney’s hip was broken and her femur shattered. She also has severe damage to her right arm, some of her toes were severed and she suffered other less serious injuries.

“It is an extremely dangerous intersection,” said Barbara, who has been attending the hospital daily to be with her sister.

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The sisters are from Trillick, Co. Tyrone, near Omagh. They have worked in catering in New York, and ran a catering service called It’s Your Plate, as well as working freelance in catering.

Barbara Tunney said that her sister would stay in Elmhurst Hospital until she was better.

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