A YOUNG driver is lucky to be alive after her car landed on its roof when she slammed on her brakes to try to avoid hitting a dog.
Jade Cocks (19), of Glenside South, Pinchbeck, was only two minutes from home when the Jack Russell appeared in the road in Northgate.
Jade says the dog ran directly into her Ford Ka and was killed. Her car continued to travel after she braked, hit a grass verge, flipped onto its roof and landed in trees.
Jade said: “I have come away really lucky, considering my car was upside down.
“I had to pop the boot and crawl out through there.”
She’s been left with neck and back pain but says she was lucky to walk away after Tuesday’s crash.
Jade works as a care assistant at the Busy Bees Nursery in Gosberton Risegate and was on her way to work when the accident happened.
She was checked over at the scene by a paramedic.
Jade says she was in too much pain to go to work on Tuesday or yesterday but wanted to speak to the Spalding Guardian to warn pet owners of the danger of letting them roam free.
She said: “I think people need to know the risk of not having their dogs secure and what the consequences may be.
“Not everyone will be as lucky as I was.”
Jade believes her car will be written off by her insurers and says she will struggle to buy another until the payout comes through.