Wednesday 7 December 2016

'This is it, I can’t believe I’m going to die' - Roz Purcell recounts road accident brush with death

Sasha Brady

Published 29/03/2016 | 13:45

Roz Purcell pictured in Dublin 2.
Picture: Justin Farrelly.
Roz Purcell pictured in Dublin 2. Picture: Justin Farrelly.

Roz Purcell has opened up about her fear of motorways after she was involved in a terrifying road crash four years ago.

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"I got in a really bad crash about four years ago, I was caught underneath a lorry," the model and food blogger told The Anton Savage Show on TodayFM.

"It was me and my eldest sister, we were driving home one weekend, and thankfully, it was actually really wet roads so the lorry, we were kind of in its blind spot and he came across and we got caught underneath the front of it and we skidded for about half a kilometre.”

The 25-year-old said she believed that she was going to die when the lorry clipped her car from the back, causing it to to spin along the road.

“I just remember her (her sister) going ‘are you okay, are you okay?’ and I remember being like ‘she’s so selfless right now’ cause she kept being like ‘are you okay?’ and I just kept thinking about myself, like ‘can’t believe I’m going to die, can’t believe I’m going to die”

“I was really like ‘this is it’, I can’t believe I’m going to die in a car crash.”

Roz, whose recipe book Natural Born Feeder, is at the top of the Irish book charts was able to salvage some humour from the ordeal.

“We were really lucky cause the car was completely wrote off, and my sister and I were completely fine.”

Rozanna Purcell with Anton Savage and David Fay.
Rozanna Purcell with Anton Savage and David Fay.

“One of the other sides of the story was, the day we were leaving, I had just got given this giant poster of myself. It was a cover I shot with my dad from a Life Magazine, it was giant.

"We tried  to fit it in the back of the window so the back of her window would have been just a picture of me. Luckily, it didn’t fit because if we were in the crash and anyone would have seen that, they would have been like ‘That girl has a giant picture of herself in the boot!”

Roz Purcell for Life Magazine. She wears a Topshop jumpsuit. Picture: Evan Doherty
Roz Purcell for Life Magazine. She wears a Topshop jumpsuit. Picture: Evan Doherty

Roz, who is a brand ambassador for Skoda Ambassador is learning how to drive with the help of The Anton Savage Show and the Irish School of Motoring.

However, the Tipperary girl admitted that she isn't feeling too confident.

"I do want to learn how to drive but I don't want to put myself or anyone else in danger," she said.

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