BMW willing to aid blinded Sheffield teen crash probe

Anouska Kay/Ross Parry'Picture shows Kelly Green (16) from Eckington Derbyshire after the teenager pictured with her mother Bev, lost her sight in a car accident which was caused by an airbag.
Anouska Kay/Ross Parry'Picture shows Kelly Green (16) from Eckington Derbyshire after the teenager pictured with her mother Bev, lost her sight in a car accident which was caused by an airbag.
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THE manufacturer of a car in which a teenager was blinded by an airbag during a crash has said it will ‘fully co-operate’ with any investigation.

Brave Kelly Green has inspired a fundraising mission in her home village of Eckington to buy specialist equipment after she was injured in the smash just days before her 16th birthday.

The car her postman dad Geoff was driving on Blackstock Road, Gleadless, was a BMW.

A firm spokesman said: “We are saddened to hear of the personal injury to Kelly Green while she was a passenger in a BMW and our thoughts are with her and her family at this difficult time.

“We would welcome the chance to inspect the vehicle in order to carry out a thorough investigation.

“Should we be asked we would fully co-operate with any third party investigation in order to understand the cause of the crash and its effects.

“Airbags fitted to our vehicles have saved countless lives since their introduction and are a recognised safety device.

“All BMWs meet stringent international safety requirements, often exceeding these making customer safety paramount.”

Kelly’s story made headlines across the country after it was reported by The Star last week.

Her family say they want to concentrate on her fundraising activity.

Kelly is a judge at Eckington’s Got Talent, on September 29, at the civic centre on Market Street to raise cash for Guide Dogs For The Blind.

To apply for the contest email gparker018@yahoo.co.uk or call 0772555719.