Woman who spent six days in crashed car said life forever changed

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DENVER --  When Kristin Hopkins' 2009 Chevy Malibu flew off the mountain on Highway 285, her lawsuit said the crash was the result of safety problems that General Motors knew about the previous eight years.

"It makes me very angry it only affected me, but what if I had my kids in the car?” Hopkins said.

Hopkins hung upside down in the car, trapped for six days. She was just hours from death when she was rescued.

Both her lower legs had to be amputated. She suffered traumatic brain injury, and spent the past 18 months in and out of surgery and physical rehabilitation.

She has four children and said the crash impacted everything about the family's life, even the little things.

Her lawyer Kurt Zaner said GM knew there were problems with crash avoidance and other safety features, but didn't issue any recalls until after Hopkins' accident.

"GM put an unsafe car on the road," Zaner said. "They're making decisions based on corporate profit over public safety."

Hopkins said nothing can give her family the life they had, but she hopes the lawsuit forces GM to change for other families' sake.

The company said it will investigate the crash and work to understand.

 

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