(Hürriyet Newspaper, 31 December 2010)
A car driven by UN volunteer health advisor Liliana Lombardi (49)
of Romania flew into a canal in Ereğli District of Konya Province
because one of the cats in her car escaped its cage and run under the
gas pedal, causing Lombardi to lose control of the vehicle. Lombardi
was injured in the accident and extracted from the car by health
workers. She did not want to leave the cats and dogs in her car but
was finally persuaded to board an ambulance.
Lombardi works in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and
had come from there by ferryboat to Mersin, whereupon she set
out for Ankara with 12 cats and 2 dogs in cages inside her car.
The cats and dogs were put into a military vehicle by soldiers and
taken to the police station for safekeeping. Lombardi had previously
worked in Van, eastern Turkey, for three years.