A WOMAN seriously injured in a car crash which killed her soldier boyfriend may have to spend more than eight weeks in a wheelchair as she continues to recover in hospital.

Paige Jeffrey, aged 20, from Westhoughton, has been in hospital since the January 6 crash, on St Peter’s Way.

Fusilier Tony Emery, aged 24, died after his VW Golf overturned, near the Kearsley roundabout of the A666, before plunging into a ditch.

Miss Jeffrey broke her neck, hip and pelvis in the crash. She wrote on her own Facebook page, on Friday, that she expects to be in a wheelchair for the next eight weeks.

It is understood she has undergone several operations since the crash, and will begin a period of physiotherapy after she is able to leave her wheelchair.

In a Facebook post, she said: “It’s been nearly two weeks since I saw Tony and it still hasn’t sunk in that I will never see him again.

“We didn't deserve to have a crash in the car, and he certainly didn’t deserve to die.

“I was lucky to survive it and I’m truly blessed.

“All I can do is get better and keep Tony living on in all of our hearts and keep our memories of him locked away.

“He will always be here with us looking down on his family and friends, and I can’t wait to get better and see him at his funeral and send him lots of flowers.”

Fusilier Emery, from Westhoughton, had been on three tours, including Afghanistan and Iraq, but returned to his home town before Christmas.

Police arrested a 22-year-old on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving earlier this month.

He was released on bail until March 11.