Police have charged a man with dangerous driving causing injury over a two-car crash near Clive that ended with one driver trapped in a ditch.
Paula Donkin, in her 40s, had broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a lacerated liver after the crash near the intersection of Richmond Rd and Mill Rd at 4.57pm on Saturday.
The Taradale hairdresser also suffered a fractured wrist, fractured collarbone and fractured sternum.
Donkin was extricated from the car in the ditch by Fire and Emergency New Zealand, before being transported to Hawke's Bay Hospital in a serious condition.
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A hospital spokesperson confirmed she was in a stable condition on Thursday afternoon.
A 66-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing injury and will appear in the Hastings District Court in late May.
A Givealittle page has been set up for Donkin to help cover day-to-day expenses and medical bills.