On Behalf Of Possum's Family
Statement from the General Manager of Possum Bourne Motorsport on behalf of Possum's family
Possum Bourne, New Zealand's most successful rally driver died peacefully surrounded by his wife Peggy and their family in Dunedin Hospital today.
Possum never regained consciousness after being involved in a traffic accident on the Snow Farm Rd in the Cardrona Valley near Lake Wanaka in Central Otago on Good Friday, April 18.
He was air lifted from the crash site with head injuries and two broken legs to Dunedin Hospital where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit in an induced coma ever since.
Possum's wife Peggy, his mother, two sisters, brother, other close family members and friends have maintained a 24 hour bedside vigil over the past 10 days.
Possum's medical condition has been monitored constantly, including several CT Scans.
Following a series of neurological tests and the latest scan a decision was made to withdraw the life support system.
On behalf of Possum's family I would like to thank the staff at Dunedin Hospital for all the care they have lavished on Possum.
The family would also like to acknowledge the thousands of emails, faxes, cards, flowers and other messages of support they have received over the last 10 days.
At this time the family does not wish to make any personal statements and I would ask you respect their position and not intrude in their time of grief.
Possum is survived by his wife Peggy and three children, Taylor, Spencer and Jazlin.
Funeral details will be announced at a later date.
Possum was a great man. A great sportsman. A great New Zealander. A great son, brother, husband and father. His spirit/memory/legacy will live on.