Bride hit by car on honeymoon fought for life

A NEWLYWED bride’s Spanish honeymoon turned into a nightmare when she suffered horrific life-changing injuries after being struck by a car.

Joanna Rose with husband Andrew - and after the accident. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency

Beautician Joanna Rose, from Wakefield, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured spine during the incident on honeymoon with husband Andrew, 38, in Torrevieja on July 13.

Mrs Rose, 38, was catapulted into the air and landed on the on the car’s windscreen before falling on to the road.

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She was rushed to a hospital in Torrevieja where she stayed for two weeks before being transferred to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Joanna Rose with husband Andrew - and after the accident. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency

Mrs Rose, who also suffered five broken ribs and internal bleeding, has to wear a full body brace and faces surgery to insert pins in her spine to stabilise it.

The couple’s four-year-old daughter Poppy who was also on holiday with them at the time, but luckily was at a hotel being looked after by her grandmother when the incident happened.

Mrs Rose said: “I feel like I have been to hell and back.

“My honeymoon was completely ruined as I spent the entire two weeks in hospital battling for my life.

Joanna Rose with husband Andrew - and after the accident. Pictures: Ross Parry Agency

“Andrew and I were walking along a road when the accident happened. I was terrified, everything happened so quickly and I can just remember being in a tremendous amount of pain.

“I’m so glad Andrew was there by my side at the hospital to reassure me.

“I have been struggling to cope with what has happened, the happiest time in my life so quickly turned into the worst.

“Now I am faced with the daunting prospect that I have a long way to go before I will have fully recovered.”

Joanna Rose in body brace with husband Andrew

Mrs Rose has instructed specialist international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the accident and help fund her recovery and rehabilitation.

Philip Banks, a personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “This was a horrendous accident which happened on what was meant to be a romantic and carefree holiday for Joanna and Andrew to start their married life together.

“But instead Joanna has been left seriously injured and is facing a long and painful recovery and will be unable to work for the foreseeable future.

“We are currently making investigations as to any criminal proceedings which are being conducted in Spain against the driver and to establish insurance details of the driver to help with Joanna’s case.”

Mr Banks added: “EU regulations will allow us bring a case on her behalf through the English courts. We hope that we can secure justice for her and assist with her recovery and on-going rehabilitation needs.”