Bali scooter crash: Australian nurse Peta Richards, an experienced rider ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’, says pal

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An Australian nurse fighting for her life after a horrific scooter accident is an experienced rider who had taken all the necessary precautions before the accident that left her in an induced coma, her friend says.

Mother-of-two Peta Richards was on a dream holiday in Bali when she was knocked off her moped while driving to pick up a birthday present for her son in early April.

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The 36-year-old was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her brain so she could get an emergency flight to Victoria.

Close friend Rachel Berben said the Geelong local is an experienced rider and was wearing a helmet before the crash which left her in a battle for her life at Melbourne’s The Alfred.

“She is an experienced rider. It’s not like she jumped on the bike the first time. She has her motorcycle license, she has her international license, travel insurance, she was wearing a helmet,” Ms Berben said.

She added that you can do “everything right but you can still be in the wrong place at the wrong time which is really unfortunate”.

Camera iconPeta Richards, pictured with her family, is fighting for her life. Credit: Provided
Nurse Peta Richards was knocked off her moped on a short trip to buy a birthday present for her three-year-old son on April 1.
Camera iconNurse Peta Richards was knocked off her moped on a short trip to buy a birthday present for her three-year-old son on April 1. Credit: Provided
She remains in an induced coma on a ventilator at the Alfred and her friends say her future is still clouded with uncertainty.
Camera iconShe remains in an induced coma on a ventilator at the Alfred and her friends say her future is still clouded with uncertainty. Credit: Provided

Ms Berben said her friend, who she described as ‘the most selfless, caring and kind person you will ever meet’, was on hold in hospital but is in good health. hands.

“I think (recovery) really depends on how it progresses and what it looks like for the next six to 12 months,” she said.

“But we don’t know what it looks like at the moment or what the path to recovery is.”

Part of her skull was removed to relieve pressure on her brain before she could get an emergency flight to Victoria.
Camera iconPart of her skull was removed to relieve pressure on her brain before she could get an emergency flight to Victoria. Credit: Provided
Peta Richards has worked throughout the COVID pandemic and has been described as
Camera iconPeta Richards has worked throughout the COVID pandemic and has been described as “the most selfless, caring and kind person”. Credit: Provided

A GoFundMe page seeking donations to help the family, including devastated husband Matt and their two young boys Sonny and Alfie, cover medical and rehabilitation expenses has raised more than $118,000 after it was created two days ago.

His goal was $100,000.

“It is incredible support that we have received so far. The family is overwhelmed with everyone reaching out, trying to help in any way they can and the donations have been amazing,” Ms Berben said.

“(Funds raised) will go towards everything Matt needs and the family needs in the immediate future, as well as Peta’s rehabilitation and his path to recovery.”

Ms Richards’ story came to the nation’s attention this week after shocking details about the mother’s situation were shared online.

“She will have an exceptionally long road to recovery with rehabilitation and at this point we can only gauge her progress on a day-to-day basis,” a post on the GoFundMe page revealed.

Earnest L. Veasey