Woman Stuck in Overturned Car for Days

Kristin Hopkins' feet were amputated

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted May 5, 2014 6:35 PM CDT | Updated May 6, 2014 1:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Colorado woman who survived for days in an overturned car was rescued Sunday, but had to have her feet amputated yesterday, USA Today reports. Kristin Hopkins, 43, a single mother of four, was driving at night when she crashed about 140 feet from a scenic highway. Her Chevrolet Malibu likely went airborne, hit several trees, and rolled down a steep embankment before stopping in a grove of aspen trees, a patrol officer told Reuters. Stuck in the car, she reportedly wrote notes on a red and white umbrella and tried using it to flag down passersby.

Her notes were hard to read, but seemed to say "Please help doors won't open," "Please help, bleeding, need a doctor," and "Six days, no food, no water, please help," said firefighter Jim Cravener. A man who stopped to shoot pictures spotted the car, walked down to it, and reported finding a body inside. Firefighters came and were about to smash a window when Hopkins put a hand against the glass. "It’s really something off that Shouldn’t Be Alive show," Cravener told the Daily News. "She really had a strong will to survive." Hopkins is in critical but stable condition, and doctors expect her to live.

In this May 2014, photo provided by the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Kristin Hopkins' car is seen after she drove off the roadway near the old mining town of Fairplay, Colo.   (AP Photo/Park County Sheriff’s Office)
In this undated photo provided by Kristin Hopkins' family via St. Anthony Hospital shows Hopkins, 43, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.   (AP Photo/Kristin Hopkins' family via St. Anthony Hospital)
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