The founder of the Comanchero motorcycle club has made a miraculous recovery after a horrific collision with a car allegedly being driven by brain surgeon Charlie Teo’s daughter.
Nicola Teo, 24, is charged with driving down the wrong side of the road for up to 200m before hitting William ‘Jock’ Ross’s Harley Davidson in Lower Macdonald, in Sydney’s Hawkesbury region, about 3.30pm on September 25.
The grandfather of 12 was left fighting for life before he was rushed to Westmead Hospital and placed in an induced coma with leg, head and internal injuries.
He is now on crutches to take the weight off his leg, which had to be rebuilt with titanium plates.
‘Aye, I believe in God, that day he was looking down on me,’ the 76-year-old said.
Ross came close to death when his motorbike collided with a Toyota Land Cruiser last year.
He admitted it was a miracle he survived the collision, and said it was ‘lucky’ no one else was involved.
‘I was dead, they didn’t think I would make it to hospital … I had enough time to go ‘oh f**k’, I saw it coming,’ Ross said.
Although he’s made a miraculous recovery, Ross also has lots of physiotherapy to get through, with six weeks of constant specialist appointments lined up,
‘I’m lucky to be alive. It may look like I’m walking but I’m not 100 per cent,’ he said.
The Scottish-born immigrant was discharged from hospital before Christmas after spending almost three months in intensive care.
Medics put him into an induced coma before undergoing surgery for his leg, hip and lower leg, and to stop bleeding from the internal injuries.
Much of his arm is now in his leg, with the doctors having to take out muscles and veins to rebuild the torn-apart leg.
They also added in titanium plates in both his hip and leg, with Ross losing 16kg since the crash.
‘I was a big bloke, if you want to lose weight, be in a car crash,’ he said.
Ms Teo faced court in October, supported by her mother Genevieve and sister Alex, but without her famous father in tow.
She is facing possible jail time for charges of dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutors allege she refused to give particulars to police and also charged her with not keeping left of a dividing line.
Prosecutors believe they have a ‘strong prosecution case with both witnesses, physical evidence and CCTV footage of the collision’, court documents said.
Ms Teo was granted police bail with the strict condition she is ‘not to occupy the driver’s/riders’ seat of any motor vehicle’ as part of her conditional release.
Ms Teo is scheduled to face court again on February 24, but Ross says he isn’t bothered in appearing at the case.
Ross, a Glasgow-born former soldier, founded the Comancheros on the New South Wales Central Coast with four other motorcycle enthusiasts on April 15, 1966.
Styled as the club’s ‘supreme commander’, he led them into the 1984 Milperra Massacre, in which four of his men as well as two Bandidos and a 14-year-old girl died.
He took a gunshot to the head which gave him vision loss and a brain injury – but he survived.
Ross was jailed for murder in 1987 over his role instigating the massacre. He was released in 1992 after serving just five years.
Following the Milperra Massacre, Ross, who lives in Lower Macdonald, had maintained nominal control of the Comanchero for almost 20 years until a new breed of bikie arrived.
Rapid recruitment of Middle Eastern members in the late 1990s was splitting the club and members of the club, led by Mick Hawi, beat the older leader, taking his club colours and motorbike and stripping of his leadership.
Since he was ousted, Ross has been captain of his local Rural Fire Service.
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Source: Daily Telegraph