Woman Stranded in Car Upside-Down for a Week Never Gave Up

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 07:00 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A Colorado woman stranded in her car after it crashed upside-down off the highway was rescued Sunday after having gone a week without food or water.

Kristin Hopkins, a 43-year-old single mother of four children, was driving along U.S. Highway 285 in Colorado when her 2009 Chevrolet Malibu went off the road, striking multiple trees and rolling several times over down a hill until it landed on its top 80 feet down an embankment in a central Colorado aspen grove, The Associated Press reported.


Unable to get out from her car, Hopkins used an umbrella which she put out her half-open window, to attract attention from motorists passing by on the highway above.

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Hopkins reportedly scrolled messages on the umbrella, such as, "Need Dr! Hurt & Bleeding," and "Thirsty & Hungry 6 Days no Food or Water."

Whether it was the umbrella outside her window or something else that attracted the attention of a motorist, one passerby who reportedly stopped to take in the view spotted her car on Sunday.

When first responders got to her, they found Hopkins conscious and coherent yet critically injured and extremely dehydrated.

She was immediately flown by helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital in suburban Denver where as of Monday she remained in critical but stable condition.

According to family spokesman Brian Willie, "Doctors were not able to save her feet due to the severity of her injuries," CNN reported.

"While we are hopeful for her prognosis, Kristin was seriously injured with multiple internal and external injuries," Willie added.

"It's really something off that 'Shouldn't Be Alive' show," firefighter Jim Cravener, who assisted in the rescue, told the AP. "She really had a strong will to survive."

"She didn't talk a whole lot," Cravener added. "She started to become less responsive as we carried her down the hill. We had to keep waking her up."

Authorities had reportedly not actively searched for Hopkins during her week missing, considering she was an adult and there were no signs of foul play.

Hopkins lives in Highlands Ranch, about 90 minutes away from the accident scene, CNN noted.

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