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Crash victim shares her story to save others

Thursday, 4th Apr 2019

Just weeks after celebrating her 22nd birthday Holly Scott had to learn how to walk and talk again after a horror crash left her fighting for life.

Holly shared her story of survival, and her struggle to overcome physical and emotional injuries, with thousands of youngsters at RAA’s Street Smart High road safety event for the first time this week, to warn them how easy it is to become a car crash victim.

In July 2017, Holly had a new relationship, a new career and was making plans to travel overseas, before she lost control of her car in the Adelaide Hills, hitting a tree and suffering numerous broken bones and a traumatic brain injury.

“Doctors didn’t know if I would survive my first night in hospital,’’ she said.

Tragically, 83 young people aged between 16 and 24 were killed in road crashes between 2013 and 2017, while almost 7000 were injured – 734 seriously.

Holly, who still spends 10 hours a week in rehabilitation, had bravely volunteered to warn the students at RAA’s two-day event that they too could one day be the person featured on the TV news who has been in a car crash.

“When I suffered a brain injury as well as the broken bones I thought the worst – but you can get through it,’’ she said.

“I wasn’t drunk, I wasn’t speeding, I was driving alone on Diggins Road to my boyfriend’s house at Echunga, and although I don’t remember, the police said I may have swerved to avoid a kangaroo and hit the tree.

“If I can get through to just one student at this event how serious and how quickly your life can change from a car crash - that’s all I want.

RAA’s Street Smart High, supported by event partner Motor Accident Commission, is the state’s largest youth road safety event and was held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the Entertainment Centre in front of 8000 students from 76 schools across SA.

RAA General Manager Government & Public Policy Jayne Flaherty said road crashes were one of the leading causes of death for young people under the age of 25.

“Street Smart High is an annual event which aims to demonstrate the devastating reality of road trauma to South Australian high school students,’’ she said.

“It provides an opportunity for students to learn about driving risks and avoid situations that place themselves and others in danger.’’

At Street Smart High, students will witness a simulated crash scene, including pre and post-crash outcomes and hear from young people like Holly whose lives have been affected by road trauma.

Students will also interact with leading community, state government and industry organisations who provide programs that aim to keep young people safe.

Street Smart High is open to students from years 10 through 12 across South Australia, and attendance is free.

 

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