'Please Help': Colorado Mom Scribbled SOS Messages on Umbrella

Published 05/06 2014 08:46PM

Updated 05/06 2014 08:52PM

Kristin Hopkins wrote messages on an umbrella and stuck it out her wrecked car window. Hopkins was trapped in her car for six days after crashing.
A Colorado mom who miraculously survived after she was trapped in her totaled car for at least six days propped up a red and white umbrella against the side of the car in a desperate call for help.

Kristin Hopkins, a 43-year-old single mother of four, went missing on April 27. Good Samaritans spotted her overturned Chevrolet Malibu on Sunday. The woman had scribbled SOS messages with a marker on the umbrella.

"Please help. Can't get doors open," one panel read.

"Thirsty & hungry 6 days no food or water," read another.

Hopkins also wrote,"Need doctor. Hurt and bleeding."

The Jaws of Life were used to pry Hopkins from the heap of twisted metal and she was flown to a hospital, where doctors found they would have to amputate both her feet.

But she's alive — an outcome that police said they could scarcely have imagined. Most people wouldn't have lived through the plunge, much less the frigid nights with no food or water, they said.

—Becky Bratu and Tracy Connor

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