Family’s pain after daughter’s A1 crash
THE father of a woman fighting for her life after a horror smash on the A1 has said his family is going through the “worst experience” of their lives.
Pru Ellwood (23) is still in a critical condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after her red Peugeot 306 came off the A1 northbound at Alwalton, near Peterborough, on Monday morning and hit a tree.
She was heading to Rutland at the time of the crash, where she serves in the Army.
She suffered serious head injuries in the crash and remains in intensive care, with her family keeping a round-the-clock vigil.
At her bedside are father Ian, mother Suzie and her brother Tom (17). They all live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Her father Ian said: “It’s absolutely horrendous. It’s the worst experience we have ever been through.
“One minute life is just trotting along nicely and then some- thing like this comes along and smacks you in the face.
“You could not prepare anyone for this situation, it’s just unbelievable.”
Mr Ellwood said his daughter had been in the Army all of her working life and had transferred to Rutland four months ago.
She has undergone surgery since she was taken to the neurosciences critical care unit at Addenbrooke’s and her father said she is still in a “really bad way”.
However, he was full of praise for the staff at the hospital who have been providing her treatment, as well as the Ministry of Defence who have sent staff to visit her every day.
He said: “The staff at the unit have been absolutely fantastic, she would not even be here without their help and they’re doing their best to look after her.
“The MOD has also been fantastic. They’ve been by her side all day, every day and we could not have got through this without their support.
“My daughter is actionpacked, full-on and everything. She’s just a lovely, lovely girl.”
Investigations into the crash on the A1 are still ongoing, with Cambridgeshire police yesterday re-issuing an appeal for information from any other drivers who saw the crash occur.
Pc Jason Porter, who is investigating, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the vehicle prior to it leaving the road.”
The crash occurred during what was an extremely busy few days for the emergency services in Cambridgeshire.
On the same day as Miss Ellwood’s crash, a car and a motorbike collided in Oxney Road, Peterborough, and a bicycle came off the road in Coldham.
It came after a double fatality on county roads when pedestrians Dominic Iliffe and James Kiely were killed after they were involved in a collision on the outskirts of March on Sunday.