Woman, 20, fighting for life after horror crash leaves her with broken pelvis

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A young woman is fighting for her life after being airlifted away from a horror crash.

Hope Starsmore who was driving a Toyota Yaris was in collision with a Ford Focus at just after 8.15am on Wednesday, October 7 in Burgh le Marsh, Lincolnshire.

The 20-year-old is now in a medically induced coma in a critical condition in Hull Royal Infirmary with broken arms, legs, pelvis and internal bleeding.

Two passengers in Hope’s car received minor injuries and the road was closed for several hours after the incident as vehicles were cleared and an investigation began.

A 32-year old woman was arrested for driving while unfit to do so and has been released under investigation, reports Lincolnshire Live.

Since the crash, Hope’s best friend Brook Salter set up a fundraising page to help support her and her family with any possible care or rehabilitation she may need when she wakes up.

He said: “The first 24-hours were the worst because we didn’t know whether she would pull through.

“It’s difficult because we don’t know until she wakes up what kind of care she’ll need.

“Her parents are devastated – because of coronavirus, they can only see her for an hour a day. All we can do is be there to support them.”

The fundraiser was set up originally to support travel and accommodation costs for Hope’s family, but will now also be used to help fund any future care and rehabilitation Hope may need.

Brook said: “Hope had just started studying medical science this year and has mentioned before she wants to be a paramedic.

“We’ve been told it could be six months before Hope leaves the hospital and we want to support her in the care she needs afterwards.

“The family are already devastated and have enough stress on their plate, so it’ll be nice to do something to ease that.”

In an appeal for witnesses, a Lincolnshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen this collision and in particular a van which we believe was travelling behind a Toyota truck which was indicating right to turn in to the lay-by on Skegness Road around the time of the collision.

“We would also appeal for anyone with dashcam footage to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.