Park manager in fight for life
Rita Addenbrooke. Picture: Dione Davidson/The West Australian

A Madeley caravan park manager was on life support last night after a car hit her during a dispute.

Rita Addenbrooke was in hospital with critical head injuries with her husband Ron by her side after being hit at the Kingsway Tourist Park about 11pm on Saturday.

Major crime squad detectives charged a 45-year-old woman with causing grievous bodily harm over the incident last night.

Forensic experts were at the park yesterday gathering evidence and examining the black sedan that allegedly hit Mrs Addenbrooke, 59.

Two men staying at the caravan park were still shaken yesterday as they recounted hearing the "sickening thud" as Mrs Addenbrooke's head hit the road.

Drew and Laz, who did not want their last names used, said they came out of their tents because of a car's loud music and allegedly saw Mrs Addenbrooke speaking to a motorist driving the wrong way down the one-way park road.

They initially stepped in to try to help but then moved out of the way.

After Mrs Addenbrooke was hit, her husband rushed to help his badly injured wife as witnesses told other motorists to block the caravan park entrances. Police arrested the alleged driver at the park.

It is believed the female driver had been visiting people at the park but was not staying there herself.

Sarah Samuels, who has stayed at the northern suburbs park for two weeks, said Mrs Addenbrooke was a good lady.

Mrs Addenbrooke and her husband, a novelist, live at the park.

In a Facebook post in early December, Mr Addenbrooke spoke of the difficulties managing a park during the summer holidays and said he wished for a drug and alcohol-free caravan park.

He said they had evicted several people that week for drinking and fighting.

The West Australian

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