Sponge in the earmuff-style headset Kate Fitzpatrick was wearing cushioned the blow
when a car ploughed into her on a pelican crossing, throwing her 10ft into the air.
Pc Darren Dacosta, of Huddersfield traffic police, said: "The camper van slowed the lorry down and cushioned the blow
for the other two vehicles.
McCarthy also admitted Elliott's emergence this season has cushioned the blow
of missing out on another Republic of Ireland forward, David Connolly, who is set to face the Black Cats at the Walker's Stadium.
Although the weak dollar has cushioned the blow
somewhat, it has been a year of rising prices and it is getting worse, not better.
Hammers moved fast as they cushioned the blow
of losing Carlos Tevez and waved their cheque book around to beat off Bellamy's old clubs Blackburn and Newcastle, plus Aston Villa.