A former Miss world winner was the first Argentinian to claim the title is fighting for her life in a coma after being run over by a bus.
The Argentine model and beauty queen Norma Cappagli was just 21 years old when she won the 1960 Miss World title which took place in London in an event hosted by Eric Morley.
She became the first Argentinian to win the title and was given a GBP 500 cash prize and a sports car, and she later went on to become a successful model and also recorded a song in 1962 called “sexy world” that was moderately successful and also ended up being used in a popular TV show.
Now aged 81, she has been now hospitalised in the Fernandez hospital, in Buenos Aires, in eastern Argentina, after she was run over by a bus of the line 110 in the neighbourhood of Recoleta, in Buenos Aires.
An ambulance arrived at the scene after the accident and treated her for a head wound before rushing her to hospital.
The woman was taken to the emergency room of the hospital where she was sent to intensive care unit in serious health conditions.
The 28 year old driver of the bus was arrested after the order of the prosecution Paulo Gaspani and the bus has been impounded.
Her niece, Carla Cappagli, said that she had been placed in an induced coma after the accident that happened while she was crossing at a traffic light and was hit by the bus.
She told local newspaper Infobae: “We are in shock, and the priority is her health state, which is delicate.”
“She has escaped COVID-19 and yet she gets run over by a negligent bus driver that has left her in a critical condition. We are destroyed.”
She also slammed officials for failing to tackle what she described as a problem part of the road saying: “We do know that this crossroad is very dangerous, it is not the first time something similar happens.”
Authorities are analyzing the CCTV cameras of the place where the accident took place.
In a recent interview with Infobae, the woman recalled the events around the contest in London and said that although she got the cash prize, the luxury car had never been handed over.
At the end of the 60s, she married an Italian businessman and left the fashion industry to live in Milan, in northern Italy, and became a journalist working for the Italian magazine Men’s Bazaar.
The former model also lived in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, and as she was feeling nostalgic she went back home in 1989.
Some years ago, Wikipedia published her alleged death, but her niece Carla forced the website to change that as she was still alive.
Until her accident she had been living in the neighbourhood of Recoleta with her cat and she is known in the neighbourhood for her love for the animals.
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