Champion former local water skier Erin Weston-Green is slowly on the mend following a horrific car accident in the United States in late June.
Erin moved to Florida in 2014 to continue her dream of being a full time swivel ski instructor and professional performer. Erin was a lead act in the Legoland Theme Park’s water ski production and she was enjoying life.
But a short drive to McDonald’s for a snack with friends on the evening of June 21 turned into a nightmare and has since turned her life upside down.
It was reported that the car Erin was travelling home in with her friends was hit by another car, believed to be speeding. The car had ran a red light and smashed into their stationary vehicle waiting at the intersection.
The accident left Erin with a broken neck, two broken vertebrates, nerve damage to her left arm and a 15cm laceration on her forehead and is unsure if she will ever make a full recovery.
Her friend, Adam suffered a shattered spleen and internal bleeding while the other four passengers managed to escape with minor injuries.
The owner of the other car was not insured. The accident has left both Erin and Adam unable to work putting them under financial stain.
Erin, who is now at her Florida home recovering, said she would like to thank everyone back home for their support.
“Thank you to everyone I have heard from or received gifts and flowers from over the past week and a half since the accident,” she said.
“I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support from friends and family all over the world and it has certainly made the journey a little easier just knowing how many people care.”
Once learning of the accident, Erin’s parents Kelvin and Leonie, immediately made the journey over to Florida to be by their daughter’s side. Kelvin is set return to Australia soon and Leonie will return later in July.
Erin’s friends from Legoland have also set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to assist with Erin and Adam’s recovery.
To donate go to www.gofundme.com/legostrong