Newport survivor was so badly hurt she couldn't use phone to call for help as she lay next to bodies of pals for 2 days | The Sun

A SURVIVOR of a horror crash that killed three people was so badly hurt she couldn’t use her phone to call for help.

Sophie Russon was shouting for help for two days while lying next to the bodies of her three friends before being discovered.

Eve Smith, 21, Darcy Ross, 21 and Rafel Jeanne, 24, died in the horror smash.

Sophie is fighting for her life in hospital along with Shane Loughlin, 32.

The friends had been enjoying a night out in Newport, Wales on Friday night when they vanished.

Gwent Police yesterday morning confirmed a car had been found, with three of the five friends tragically killed and two seriously injured.


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Now Sophie’s mum has revealed that she had been lying next to phone for 48 hours after the crash – but was unable to call for help.

Anna Certowicz, 41, says Sophie was left semi-conscious with a broken neck and spine.

She explained: “She was lying there wondering if help would ever arrive.

“She must have thought she was going to die.

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“She was calling out at times but no one could hear her.

“It would have got light and then dark as night fell on Saturday, then she had to go through that again until she was found.”

Anna also claims police failed to respond when the pals did not return from a night out on Friday.

Up to 200 desperate relatives and friends decided to carry out their own hunt, but the pals’ white VW Tiguan was hidden by trees just 20 yards from a busy dual carriageway.

It comes after police have referred themselves to a watchdog for an investigation.

It comes as…

  • Three pals were found dead in a crashed car after five people vanished while on a night out in Newport
  • Eve Smith, 21, was confirmed dead by her family, who had tragically lost her sister in a crash eight years ago
  • Two pals were pictured beaming on the night out before the tragedy
  • The mum of Sophie Russon claimed cops told her to stop calling
  • She has now revealed her agony at desperately searching for her daughter while she lay critically injured
  • Haunting CCTV was shared by friends of the car before it vanished in the early hours of Saturday
  • Police are now probing just what happened in the hours before the crash

Today Assistant Chief Constable Jason Davies of South Wales Police said: “Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected by this tragic incident. 

“Specialist officers are carrying out an investigation to piece together what has happened. 

“Family liaison officers are supporting the families involved at what must be a hugely difficult time for them.

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“To ensure independent oversight, South Wales Police has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as is usual in these circumstances.”

A spokesperson added that “investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances of the incident, including when the collision took place”.

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