Dad who ‘died twice’ after horrific crash recovers to walk daughter down the aisle

A dad who says he “died twice” after a horrific road crash recovered in time to walk his daughter down the aisle.

Paul Newbold, 61, said he was determined to give his daughter away and there was not a dry eye among guests at Jessica’s wedding.

Mr Newbold had sustained multiple fractures including to his right hip, pelvis, chest and feet after an oncoming car crashed into his Peugeot 1007 at least 77mph on the A52 near Wainfleet.

Vauxhall Corsa driver Cory Peak, 21, from Sibsey, had lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the opposite lane.

Peak was killed in the collision which happened just before 8am on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Mr Newbold, from Friskney, spent 19 days in a coma and 78 days in hospital, Lincolnshire Live reports.

The dad-of-two had a metal brace inserted in his stomach and metal screws in his back, hips and feet.

Mr Newbold has had to learn to walk again but still cannot walk far or bend over.

But he was determined to give his daughter Jessica, 23, away when she married fiance Lewis at Kenwick Park, Louth, in February 2020.

Mr Newbold said: “Jessica held me up and I walked her down the aisle. There was not a dry eye.

“She said to me: ‘I’m just glad you’re here dad.’.”

And there was more happiness to come as Mr Newbold and his wife Jayne, 57, became grandparents for the second time, to Jessica’s daughter Blossom who was born in December last year.

Mr Newbold says he can remember the crash like it was yesterday but not much about what happened afterwards.

He said: “I was just driving to Skegness on a Sunday morning.

“Then I saw him come around the corner hammering towards me.

“I did not have time to brake.

“There was this kid from the fire brigade called Paul who told me to just keep my eyes open.

“I remember he turned to his mate and said: ‘If he shuts his eyes he’s dead.’

“I could not move in the car because the engine was in my stomach and the steering wheel was in my chest.

“I was in three hospitals. I was in Pilgrim for three to four hours, then airlifted to Nottingham.

“I died in the ambulance and in the air ambulance.

“I was in the City Hospital and the QMC.”

Mr Newbold added: “I’m getting better all the while but it’s hard work.

“The doctor told me it would take at least three years to get back to how I was.”

He said he has only driven on his own twice since the crash and on an occasion when his wife drove him he shut his eyes if a car was coming the other way.

A post mortem examination found Mr Peak had “significant contributions” of ecstasy and ketamine in his system and an inquest heard he may not have had any sleep in the hours before the crash.

Coroner Dr Murray Spittal, who reached a conclusion of death by misadventure, said: “Clearly, Cory died as a result of a road traffic collision.

“It is altogether surprising that Mr Newbold survived.

“Cory consumed ketamine and ecstasy and was driving under the influence of drugs, which is likely to result in a collision in which death would materialise.”

Mr Newbold, who runs PJ Lofts pigeon fancying and pet supplies business, said his thoughts are with Mr Peak’s family.

Now, Mr Newbold, a racing pigeon enthusiast for more than 40 years and a member of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, is auctioning 55 pigeons in aid of Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue, the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Lincolnshire Police, the Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham, City Hospital Nottingham and Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

The auction runs online from March 18 to 28.

Ian Evans, chief executive of the RPRA, said: “We are very honoured to be supporting Paul in his charity auction by being able to host it on the RPRA website.

“The emergency services go above and beyond each day and night to ensure the wellbeing of the UK public and we could not think of a more admirable cause for this money to go towards.”

Mr Newbold said: “The emergency services in the Lincolnshire area which looked after me were incredible and this is my way of saying thank you for all that they did.

“I am excited to get this auction up and running to raise money for well deserved causes.”

“It has not been an easy recovery; however, I am working with an amazing team of physios and have a supportive network of family and friends helping me in my rehabilitation journey.

“My wife Jayne has been so strong. She’s looked after me.”