A Road Crash Victim’s Plea to Young Drivers

November 2, 2023 9:52 am in by
"Remember or Be Remembered". a SAPOL Think! Road Safety campaign message

A young woman who had a serious crash in the Adelaide Hills six years ago, is sharing her sober message for beginner drivers this evening in Murray Bridge.

Holly Scott wound up in a coma with dozens of shattered bones and a brain injury at the age of 22, after she slammed into a tree at Echunga on July 2, 2017.

She was driving to boyfriend Johnny Zehle’s home when she crashed head-on into a tree on Diggings Rd at Chapel Hill.

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It has taken years of rehabilitation and hard work to recover, but will always live with pain and challenges.

She is now a road safety advocate, speaker and mentor, who wants to impart a serious message to those who may not take driving as seriously as they should.

“No one is invincible on the road, you know you see it on the news, you hear about it but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you. You think you’re invincible and you’re not. A single car crash can change your life and it only takes seconds for something to go wrong on the road, even if you’re doing the right thing,” Holly Scott told ARN’s Jennie Lenman and Adam Connelly this morning.

“You’re essentially driving something that can get you from A to B. It can be your destination but it can also be your coffin.”

Holly and her father will be presenting at SAPOL’s ‘Safer Journeys Together’ program at Murray Bridge High School this evening, Thursday 2 November.

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Two separate sessions will run simultaneously, with Holly Scott outlining her road trauma journey to learner drivers and her father speaking to supervising drivers about the experience.

Hear more from Holly, speaking with ARN radio’s Jennie Lenman and Adam Connelly, via the audio play window below:


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