Missing woman pulled from car to have feet amputated

DENVER — A woman who was found trapped inside her crashed car Sunday will lose both of her feet due to injury, a spokesman for the family said Monday.

Kristin Hopkins, 43, was  found about 1:54 p.m. Sunday in a vehicle near Red Hill Pass off of US Highway 285, police said. She had been reported missing on April 29.

“Kristin is in critical but stable condition at this time and has a very long road ahead,” family spokesman Brian Willie said in a statement. “While we’re hopeful of her prognosis, Kristin was seriously injured and with multiple internal and external injuries.  Later this afternoon Kristin will be undergoing surgery here to amputate both of her feet.  Doctors were not able to save her feet due to the severity of those injuries.”

After witnesses reported seeing what they thought was a dead body, Hopkins was discovered alive but in critical condition inside the vehicle, which had driven into an aspen grove at the bottom of an embankment. 

It was not clear how long she had been there, Willie said.

“We want to first thank the gentleman that found Kristin’s car and his quick response in getting her help,” he said.

The statement also mentioned reports of an umbrella upon which the victim may have written pleas for help.

We do know there are questions,” WIllie said. “We cannot comment on that right now because we have not seen the umbrella.

Hopkins is a single mother of four children, according to the statement.