Seconds before the car struck, Jamie Miller, 29, closed her eyes and braced for the worst.
The Blenheim mum broke her pelvis, fractured her back and ribs and damaged both her windpipe and liver.
Now she has defied the odds, walking less than two weeks after a horror smash that could have killed her and her children.
The brave mum is already back on her feet, using a walker, and is back home with her family after being discharged from Wairau Hospital on Friday.
“I remember pulling out and seeing the car coming towards me and knew it was going to happen.
“We’re just lucky it turned out the way it did. It could have been much, much worse,” she says.
And the family want to pass on their thanks to the community for all their support, especially Mike Newman from Meaters of Marlborough who donated $250 of meat and $100 cash.
Jamie spent an hour trapped in the wreckage of their family car while emergency crews battled to free her. She was then flown to Nelson Hospital by helicopter.
“The hospital staff have all been amazing,” Jamie says. “Both our families have been really supportive too.”
Jamie was knocked unconscious by the impact of the crash which happened on 21 May at the the intersection of SH1 and Roadhouse Drive, in Riverlands.
She suffered severe lacerations to her head and has two black eyes.
She had just dropped her partner, Nate Dyer, off at Vent Mechanical Repairs where he works, minutes before the crash, she says.
“It was like I was dreaming, like a nightmare really. I remember asking about my children but don’t remember being in the helicopter or seeing Nate there,” she says.
“I was very, very lucky to be honest, as was the driver of the other car.
“Nate heard the sirens but didn’t think much of it until a truck driver told him it was me and the children and he just rushed to the scene.”
Their youngest child, who turns 2-years-old in July, broke her collarbone, and fractured her arm. The 3-year-old broke his femur and the 7-year-old suffered a hit to his head and two black eyes.
Jamie believes the child car seats saved their lives.
“The two youngest were in their car seats and the oldest was sitting in between them wearing a seatbelt.
“That’s what saved him, his siblings’ car seats, they saved his life.
“I blamed myself at first, but it was a freak accident, nobody’s fault
“It makes you think a lot about life and what matters.”
A Give a Little page has been set up to help with costs while the family recover.
To make a donation visit https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nathans-story