FAIRPLAY, Colo. (CBS4) – A Douglas County woman is clinging to life in a Denver-area hospital after being found alive in her wrecked car five days after going missing.

Kristin Hopkins, 43, of Highlands Ranch, was rescued on Sunday afternoon after hikers found her badly mangled car. She was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital.

The car Hopkins was driving apparently ran off Red Hill Pass just off Highway 285 near Fairplay in the South Park area.

(credit: Silver Heels Towing)

(credit: Silver Heels Towing)

Authorities said no tracks on the roadway were left from the crash and that the car was hidden from traffic. Investigators said they believe the car may have descended more than 140 feet and rolled many times before stopping in an aspen grove.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Hopkins was last seen in the car a week ago leaving work in Castle Rock. She was reported missing last Tuesday.

Authorities are still trying to figure out why Hopkins was driving in the Highway 285 area, and so far it’s not clear when the crash happened.

Officials said Hopkins was badly dehydrated when she was found. She was listed in critical condition on Sunday night.


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