25 Oct, 2012 @ 08:00
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Spanish test driver recalls UK crash ordeal

Spanish test car driver

A SPANISH F1 test driver who lost an eye after a horrific crash in England has spoken for the first time about her ordeal.

Maria de Villota, 32, lost her right eye and suffered a fractured skull after crashing into a stationary support truck at Duxford Aerodrome, in Cambridgeshire in July.

Speaking to Spanish magazine Hola about the accident, Villota said: “I remember everything, even the moment of the impact.

When I woke up in hospital everyone was around me and they didn’t even know if I was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in English.”

The Marussia team driver added: “In the beginning they were covering my eye so I couldn’t see it.

The first time I looked in the mirror I had 104 black stitches in my face that looked like they had been stitched with maritime rope and I had lost my right eye. It left me terrified.”

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