Upper Austrian drink driver hits wheelchair pilgrim

A wheelchair-bound writer on a pilgrimage from Belgium to Israel was hit by a drink driver in Upper Austria on Wednesday, it was announced yesterday (Thurs).The Italian-born handicapped woman was driving along the B137 main road near Grieskirchen when a drunk Austrian ploughed into her vehicle.The paraplegic woman and her dog – who has been doing the journey sitting in a small trailer – got away with minor injuries, while the drink driver and the driver of an oncoming lorry she smashed into afterwards got away with light injuries.The 48-year-old female drunk had to hand over her licence. She may face further charges, while it is uncertain whether the author – who turned 43 yesterday – can continue her journey since her wheelchair is a write-off.