Woman trapped in car for 5 days speaks out about ordeal
After spending five days trapped inside her car, a Colorado woman was finally rescued May 4. CNN says Kristin Hopkins had been driving along a Colorado highway when her car careened down an embankment and into a grove of trees.
"Hopkins was trapped inside her mangled vehicle that had hit several trees and multiple times before landing on its roof."
Now, more than two weeks after Hopkins' rescue, she's speaking with the media. She told ABC she doesn't remember anything about the crash. When she awoke, she found herself trapped in the car. The mother of four only had one thought in mind.
"Oh my God, I've gotta pick up my kids. You know, it's a school day."
But she did know something was seriously wrong.
"I noticed my feet were kind of, not the right color or size or anything. So I knew obviously those were hurt."
KUSA reports Hopkins' feet were later amputated by doctors at St. Anthony Hospital in the Denver area.
Hopkins' family reported her missing April 29th, so why wasn't she found until May 4th?
Fox News reports even though Hopkins was entered into a missing persons database, police never actively searched for her because she's an adult and there were no signs of foul play.
Trapped inside her car for five days with no food and only a tiny packet of dry oatmeal, Hopkins knew she had to come up with some way to communicate if she was ever found.
"Kristin found a Sharpie and wrote messages on an umbrella. 'Hurt and bleeding. Need doctor.' And 'Can't get doors open.'"
"It was my little ah-ha moment. My little MacGyver moment."
Eventually, Hopkins' car was spotted by Andy and Hope Lombard as they were driving past. And thank goodness they did - Hopkins' doctors believe she would have lasted only about eight more hours if she hadn't been found. She was emotional as she spoke with NBC about what she wants the Lombards to know.
"Thank you for saving me. You know, they're my angels."
Hopkins will spend the next few months at the hospital, where she will undergo physical rehabilitation for her new prostheses.