Givealittle set up after 19-year-old hospitalised from Car vs Truck crash

Givealittle set up after 19-year-old hospitalised from Car vs Truck crash

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A Givealittle was set up following crash that involved a car vs truck crashing on State Highway 1 at the intersection of Waitere Beach Road in Levin on January 7.

19-year-old Leah Blair, in her second year in becoming a University teacher, was following a friend to Waitere Beach, then returned to Levin. When she turned out of the intersection, she likely misjudged the speed of an oncoming truck going northbound. The truck hit the drivers side of her car.

The page organiser, Michelle Weastell, wrote: “The truck hit her car on the drivers’ side and the car was extensively damaged.”


Two trained paramedics were luckily following Leah, one being a man who was driving into Levin and the other was a lady that was following behind her. She was looked after by the two until emergency services arrived at the crash.

Fire and Emergency cut the car open, Leah was then airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital by helicopter.

“At the time it was touch and go as to how serious her injuries were,” Michelle wrote.

“Thanks to the Truck Driver Jason’s defensive driving skills and reacting quickly when he saw the car was going to pull out, Leah is alive and will slowly recover from her injuries.”

Leah was no longer able to work for a period of time while she recovered from her injuries.

The donation page was set up to cover the cost of vehicle damage as Leah only had 3rd party insurance which only covers costs of damages to other vehicles on the road. “It leaves Leah with an excess of $1,200. There are also costs to have the car removed from the crash scene, storage of her car etc.,” Michelle wrote.

“[She] has no vehicle to get to UNI or to visit her Mum etc. She, therefore, has no way to earn any money to pay for these and ongoing costs. Unfortunately, her mother [who is] not a Widow is not in a position to help pay for this either.”

If you can spare a couple of dollars or a portion, please view the Givealittle page to support Leah in her recovery and help her cover costs while she cannot work by going here.


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