Learner driver concussed in crash passes test the very next day

Learner driver, 17, totals her car on her way to her FINAL driving lesson – but passes her test the very next day

  • Hazel Ross, 17, was forced off road when en route to Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
  • The teenager crunched into a metal pole, which flipped the Renault on to its roof 
  • She walked away from crumpled wreckage with minor injuries and concussion 

A learner driver who crunched into a metal pole and flipped her Renault on her final lesson overcame concussion to pass the practical exam the next day.

Hazel Ross, 17, was en route to Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, with her mother Wendy on Friday morning when she claims a nuisance Ford Fiesta forced her on to the grass verge and careering into the upright rod.

The teenager walked away from the crumpled wreckage of her £2,000 Clio with minor injuries and concussion.

But just hours after her life flashed before her eyes, Hazel remarkably passed her driving test with just three minors.

Hazel Ross, 17, crunched into a metal pole and flipped her Renault on her final lesson but overcame concussion to pass the practical exam the next day

She was en route to Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, with her mother Wendy on Friday morning when she claims a nuisance Ford Fiesta forced her on to the grass

She said ‘I can honestly say I was so worried I would fail, I was already nervous before – but I was even more worried after crashing.

‘I was so happy when I passed.’

Describing the crash, Hazel said that the Ford Fiesta drove ‘closely’ behind her before attempting to overtake her on the bend.

And while attempting to complete the manoeuvre, the Ford then went allegedly went back into the left-hand lane closely in front of her.

She claims she had to brake to avoid hitting the car but instead ended up loosing control.

Hazel said: ‘That’s when the iconic life flashing before your eyes happened.

‘I swerved to avoid him hitting me, but I hit the grass verge.

‘Next thing I know, I’ve lost all control of the car and we’ve cleared the ditch, and are headed towards a rusted metal pole in the field.’

The teenager walked away from the crumpled wreckage of her £2,000 Clio with minor injuries and concussion

Just hours after her life flashed before her eyes, Hazel remarkably passed her driving test with just three minors

Hazel attempted to make a harsh right turn and slammed her brakes but instead hit the pole.

She added: ‘The car then flipped onto the roof, completely displacing the pole and unearthing it.

‘When the windscreen started cracking, my mum screamed, and the next thing I know, we’re on the roof dangling from our seatbelts.’

Hazel and Wendy managed to climb out of the car after the driver of the Ford Fiesta had driven off and phoned for the emergency services who were scrambled to their position.

Paramedics found Hazel had suffered from minor injuries as well as concussion.

But despite the crash, Hazel was still determined to take a lesson to prepare herself for the test the next day.

After ramming into a pole, the Renault flipped up on to its roof and left Hazel and Wendy dangling by their seatbelts

She said: ‘I’m not saying the Fiesta is completely to blame, I could have done things differently, but it’s just a load of what ifs and maybes.

‘All I know is that I’ll be avoiding that road between Glatton and Holme for a while, and I think my mum will be, too.’

The Ford Fiesta’s registration plate has been passed to police.

An East of England Ambulance spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 10.34am with reports of a collision in Glatton Lane, Glatton.

‘We sent one ambulance and took one person to Peterborough City Hospital for further treatment.’

A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 10.40am on Friday with reports of a car in a ditch on Glatton Lane.

‘The three people were in the vehicle were uninjured and the road remained open.’ 

The car’s windshield caved in and it is feared that the £2,000 Renault has been completely totalled

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