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A devastating car crash has left a 20-year-old student fighting for life in a coma.
Hope Starsmore, 20, was airlifted from her Toyota Yaris to Hull Royal Infirmary on October 7 after suffering broken arms, legs, pelvis and internal bleeding.
A 32-year old woman whose Ford Focus collided with Hope's vehicle was arrested for driving while unfit to do so and has been released under investigation.
Hope's two passengers survived the incident at 8:16am in Burgh le Marsh, near Skegness, Lincs, with minor injuries, reports LincolnshireLive.
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Since the crash, Hope's best friend Brook Salter set up a fundraiser to help support her and her family with any possible care or rehabilitation she may need when she wakes up.
He said: "The first 24-hours were the worst because we didn't know whether she would pull through.
"Hope had to go into surgery for eight hours to stop the internal bleeding, and has since had an operation on her arms and pelvis which all went well, but we understand that doctors are now looking at possible brain damage.
"It's difficult because we don't know until she wakes up what kind of care she'll need.
"Her parents are devastated.
"Because of coronavirus, they can only see her for an hour a day.
"All we can do is be there to support them."
The fundraiser was set up originally to support travel and accommodation costs for Hope's family, but will now also be used to help fund any future care and rehabilitation Hope may need.
Brook said: "Brook had just started studying medical science this year and has mentioned before she wants to be a paramedic.
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"We've been told it could be six months before Hope leaves the hospital and we want to support her in the care she needs afterwards.
"The family are already devastated and have enough stress on their plate, so it'll be nice to do something to ease that."
In an appeal for witnesses, a Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: "We are appealing for anyone who may have seen this collision and in particular a van which we believe was travelling behind a Toyota truck which was indicating right to turn in to the layby on Skegness Road around the time of the collision.
"We would also appeal for anyone with dashcam footage to contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 62 of October 7.
If you would like to donate to Hope's fundraiser, you can do so by following the link here.
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