Fam­ily’s pain af­ter daugh­ter’s A1 crash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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