'The sunlight blinded her eyes and she went into the back of a van': Stacey Flounders' mother says her daughter is 'battered and bruised' after crashing Mercedes on way to visit paedophile ex footballer Adam Johnson in prison
- EXCLUSIVE: Flounders travelling from Hartlepool to HMP Mooreland inYorkshire
- She had just dropped off her daughter at nursery when she had the?collision
- Ms Flounders has broken wrist, bruising to her nose as well as her face and body
- Ms Flounders was travelling her ￡30,000 Mercedes CLA Coupe at the time?
The girlfriend of paedophile footballer Adam Johnson has been seriously injured in a car crash on her way to visiting him in prison.
Stacey Flounders, 27, was travelling from her home in Hartlepool to HMP Mooreland in South Yorkshire shortly after 9am today, when she suffered the collision.
She had just dropped off the couple's daughter at nursery when her white ￡30,000-Mercedes coupe, which has a top speed of 130mph, smashed into the back of a van.
The incident left her with a broken wrist, bruising to her nose and face and body and suffered back and neck injuries.?
Ms Flounders' mother, Debra, said her daughter was 'battered and bruised' after the crash.
She told MailOnline: 'The sunlight was blinding her eyes and she went into the back of a van, apparently. Stacey is fine, a little bit shook up but fine.'
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Stacey Flounders wrecked car after her crash on the way to visiting Adam Johnson in prison
Left, Ms Flounders before the crash and right, with Johnson outside Bradford Crown Court
Ms Flounders suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash, pictured, her smashed up Mercedes
Mrs Flounders added: ?'She got checked out at hospital and she's a bit battered and bruised.
'She was in the car on her own when she crashed.
'Her friend took her to hospital, she's a bit sore but she's fine - thank God.'
Ms Flounders has been released from hospital and is recovering at her home.
The accident comes after it was revealed the mother had been forced to claim tax credits to support herself and her two-year-old daughter, Ayla.
Ms Flounders stood by disgraced former England winger Johnson during his trial for child sex offences, before he was convicted of sexually touching a schoolgirl fan who he had groomed online.
The couple split just after Johnson's guilty verdict and he was jailed for six years in March 2016.
The front bumper of Ms Flounders car is almost completely ripped off as a result of the crash
Ms Flounders was travelling from her home in Hartlepool to visit Johnson in HMP Mooreland in South Yorkshire when she had the crash
Ms Flounders is said to be working 16 hours a week as an account manager for an IT data firm and supplementing her income with tax credits.
A friend told the Daily Star: 'This is about as far away from life as a WAG that anyone could imagine.
'He is in jail and she is basically a single mum raising their daughter on her own and struggling. She has told us he gives her money but she never seems to have any.'
Johnson earned around ￡60,000-a-week before his offences were exposed.?
He and former air hostess Ms Flounders lived in a ￡2million mansion in County Durham.
Ms Flounders airbag is ripped from the steering wheel after the serious collision this morning
The left hand-side of Ms Flounder's Mercedes was smashed off by the force of the crash
Ms Flounders flash Mercedes car before it was wrecked in the crash today
The large home has since been put on the market but Johnson is said to make thousands from other properties and is said to have millions saved from his playing days.
Ms Flounders moved out of the house and into her mother's home in Hartlepool after Johnson was jailed, but is now said to be renting a home with her daughter.
She gave evidence in his defence at his trial, telling the court she did not see a future for their relationship but they would remain friends.?
She was said to have been dating another footballer, Bolton Wanderers Gary Madine, earlier this summer but it is unclear whether their relationship continues.?
Johnson is not due for automatic parole until 2019.
Households earning less than around ￡25,000-a-year are generally entitled to child tax credits, while those earning low incomes while working around 16 hours a week are entitled to working tax credits. Entitlement to the state support depends on individual circumstances.
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