Woman trapped in wrecked car for days wrote pleas for rescue on umbrella

FAIRPLAY, Colo. — Kristin Hopkins, 43, spent at least six days trapped upside down in her late model Chevy Malibu, after flying off U.S. 285 just north of Fairplay.

“I spotted a flicker down the mountain side,” said Andy Lombard, who along with his wife, Hope, found the car along the highway.

Andy Lombard said he thought Hopkins was dead inside.

“I thought she was dead so Sunday we went to the Sheriff’s Office to report what we saw,” Andy Lombard said. “Come to find out late Monday, the woman was rescued and was taken to the hospital in Denver.”

The couple was excited to learn the woman was found alive.

“We are not the heroes in this. Those are the folks who got her off the cliff safely and Kristin herself. Six days: No food and water — she is the strong one in all of this,” said Hope Lombard.

A red-and-white striped umbrella, which is making news today as well, helped save her life.

On it, she wrote messages like, “doors are locked can’t get out,” “need doctor hurt and bleeding” and “6 days no food or water.”

Hopkins is a single mother of four children.   Monday, doctors said they would have to amputate her feet because they were seriously damaged in the crash.