Emergency workers battle to save woman crushed between two cars


Woman crushed by car

This is the moment emergency service workers desperately treated a woman who had been crushed between two parked cars by a hit-and-run driver.
> Elena Berek had been out on her driveway cleaning her Chrysler Crossfire convertible when she was crushed between it and her second car – a Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible – by a car that had crashed through her front garden wall.

The driver of the offending vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf, had lost control and left the road at approximately 70mph.

The 46-year-old Coventry resident was wedged between the two cars for an hour before being freed by paramedics and fire crews.

West Midlands Police are now hunting for the driver of the Volkswagen, who fled from the scene on foot. He has been described as a white man with black hair and in his early 20s.

Smashed VW Golf

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Miss Berek's partner Maggie, who was inside the house at the time of the collision, said: "I was doing the ironing when I heard this almighty explosion.

"Then all I could hear was Elena screaming my name and then there were bricks flying across the front of the window.

"At first I thought a bomb had gone off, it was terrifying but my only thought was to go to Elena.

"I ran outside and it was carnage - she was pinned between the two cars.

"I ran straight back inside to call 999 and then there were just people everywhere and they were all amazing."

Miss Berek was rushed to Coventry's University Hospital to receive surgery for a shattered pelvis and three broken bones in her left leg.

Her brother Tony was speaking to her on the phone when she was struck.

"She was on the phone to me and I heard her screams," he told the Daily Mail.

"My sister was just getting into her car when the Golf came up on to the grass verge, through the brick wall and smashed into her car.

"She was stuck in the middle of the two cars.

"The lad in the Golf reversed and tried to drive off, but it was that badly damaged he couldn't so he just ran off.

"I don't think it's hit yet how serious it is or how more serious it could have been. If it wasn't for the brick wall she could be dead."