Emma Woods wins the New Zealand Herald’s Person of the Year award for how she coped with losing her son when he was hit by a car
The woman who lost her four year-old son when he was hit by a youth’s car in Christchurch is the New Zealand Herald’s Person of the Year.
Emma Woods was walking on Linwood Avenue in May when her son Nayan was hit. His older brother survived.
The Herald chose her for the title because of the forgiveness and compassion she and her husband showed after the tragedy, in their attitude to the young driver who was responsible.
“I think the forgiveness has been over the course of quite a few months” she said “just getting to know him and his family better and to see that it’s a tragedy for everybody.”
Mrs Woods said she was angry at the situation, but not with Ashley Austin, “It’s never really seemed like a good use of energy to be angry with Ashley because I knew that probably wouldn’t change anything.”
Austin lost his licence for three years, and was sentenced to 100 hours community work, but Mrs Woods has told him not to let the crash ruin his life.