A mother has expressed her thanks to local paramedics, hospital staff and passers-by for helping her son after he was involved in an horrific car smash.
Two young lads David Dunkerley, now 24 and Simon Derbyshire, 23, were seriously injured in a the car crash on Chapel End Road in Houghton Conquest two years ago.
They were travelling to a racing event near the village with their friend Tom Morgan, now 23, who was driving the car, when they came off the road at a bend, hit a nearby low bridge resulting in the car rolling three times.
Tom miraculously escaped the vehicle unhurt, while Simon was in a coma for six weeks, and David suffered serious injuries.
After two painstaking years David has now graduated from university and is working as a television cameraman.
His mum Elaine, who lives in Derbyshire, this week spoke to the Times & Citizen about his recovery.
She said: “When David first told us he had been in an accident, he didn’t think his injuries were that bad. At first they thought it was a broken leg, so we thought we would wait until the next day to go down and visit him. But then he got worse and they were trying to get the message to us that he actually had life threatening injuries.”
David had in fact suffered a broken pelvis and had fractured a bone in his spine. He was in and out of intensive car at Bedford Hospital and had to undergo gruelling surgery and teach himself how to walk again.
And David’s friend Simon, who was travelling in the passenger seat, was left with worse injuries and was in a coma. However he pulled through and is now doing well.
Elaine added: “It was touch and go for a while with Simon. There was a week where we were all told he wouldn’t make it. Me and my husband decided to go to the scene of the crash for Simon’s mum and dad, because if that was David we would have wanted to know how it happened.
“We knew roughly where about the crash happened but not exactly. So we went to the area and parked our car and started walking along the road.
“Someone came over to see if we were okay and we explained what we were doing and she brought the article out that was in the Times & Citizen, which told us exactly where the crash happened.
“And someone else came over and said she hoped the boys were okay, which was lovely. Everyone was so kind, the paramedics, and they were treated very well at Bedford Hospital. I want to thank everyone who helped my son and Simon.”