Husband's shock over fatal crash on the A6006 near Melton which hurt wife, 80
An 80-year-old woman is recovering in hospital from serious injuries following a horrific crash which claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
Vera Foster, of Asfordby Hill, was on her way into nearby Melton to go shopping when her Honda Civic was involved in a four-vehicle pile-up.
It happened on the A6006 at about 11.10am last Friday.
Mrs Foster's husband, Leslie, yesterday spoke of his shock on hearing about the accident, which claimed the life of Clifford Marston, 66, of Uppingham.
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"Vera was only going into Melton to pick up some tablets for me," said the 89-year-old.
"A chap who lives down the road and was following Vera's car told me about the accident. I just couldn't believe it.
"She's been driving for 50 years and has never been in an accident before – not even a scrape."
The impact of the collision broke Mrs Foster's ribs on one side of her body and two vertebrae in her neck, and caused serious leg injuries.
She was taken by air ambulance to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre, where Mr Foster and the couple's son, Lorne, 55, have visited her.
"She was conscious but obviously in a lot of pain," Mr Foster said.
"It's shaken her up pretty badly. As well as her ribs and neck, she suffered big gashes to her knees, which had to be stitched."
Mrs Foster is well known in the village as the lollipop lady for Asfordby Hill Primary School, in Melton Road, a job she has held for the past 46 years.
Mr Foster said: "Vera lives for her job at the school and has many friends there."
He said he was not sure when his wife would be allowed home.
"Vera's life is not in danger but she's suffered a very big shock and is on strong medication.
"She is such a determined lady and would come home tomorrow if she could."
The collision also involved a Ford Focus Estate and a Ford Transit van.
A passenger in the van was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and discharged after treatment.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and released pending further police inquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact accident investigators by calling Leicestershire Police on the non-emergency 101 number.