first of all thank you for ending up on my gofundme page.
Throughout the past years I never relayed on financial help of others to live out my #vanlife dream. Which makes it very hard for me now to reach out for help. I started little by little as a young 22 year old to save up money, to buy a van, to convert it by myself. I quit uni just 3 months before graduation and quit my home in germany. I left my friends and my family behind
to travel as much as the world allows me solo with my dog. I built myself a little house that became my work at the same time. Alongside with a big work ethic ,love, passion and dedication I chased my dream.
I know this all sounds pretty cheesy but I seriously can't deny what I believe in.
This is the message I will and always will spread out to the people who watch my journey and enjoy the content I create on YouTube and Instagram.
Unfortunately on the 14.12.2019 on my way to Manchester Airport to head home for Christmas I got involved in to a car accident in the UK. I was driving along the high way as a guy crashed into my van from behind. My van lashed out and I hit the rears to the left and then to the right until I finally managed to brake. The first thing I did was checking up on my dog as he seemed fine I realized that my whole world fell apart. I sat in the car screaming. I don’t think I have ever scream that loud in my life. I hyperventilated and I couldn’t move my hands. People came running to me trying to calm me down but I couldn’t . I kept screaming “ no you don’t understand , it’s my home , it’s my work , it’s everything I worked for the last 5 years.” In my shock phase I did all you could do wrong. I didn’t walk over to the man who crashed me to get his details. I don’t even know how he looks like or where he is from since he left his vehicle behind and ran away. The police came with dogs and searched the area- but nothing. A day after they checked the number plate but the owner claimed “i sold the car that morning.“ - things seem very suspicious to me since the owner had NO RECORD OR details of the man. Thus nobody got seriously injured so the police couldn’t really be bothered to investigate - it’s just another hit and run-.
Luckily a couple stopped at the accident and gave me shelter for the next few days. They fed me and my dog and tried their best to help, which I will never forget. Nothing happened to us physically and we are happy about that but my soul is crushed. I want to stay strong and fight my way through this hell of insurance, laws and rights. it is an overwhelming task because it is an overwhelming case and not J U S T a vehicle. So here I am picking up the pieces and trying to fix what is left to fix. I will fight for justice and what they have stolen from me. And I will not stop till it’s fixed. I don’t do van life. THIS VAN IS MY LIFE!!
This accident pushed me years back and I have to start from scratch again to rebuild my van or get a new one.
I regret many things that happen during the accident where I didn't behave correctly and let the culprit get away. But I also know there is no point of dwelling on the past that I can not change.
Unfortunately my own insurance will not take over, since I only have the third party insurance which I will change definitely after this experience and I am also currently waiting for news of the other party's insurance but since the driver can not be detected it is very hard to tell if the insurance can be made responsible.
Here I am trying everything I can do to safe this dream that ended too early and too soon. I don't want to gain anything from this. I just want my life back the way it was.
***And if in case we have money that is left over after the van build I will donate the money to support Australia wild fires. ***
If you need and want more information about my life and my journey please feel free to google Susi Cruz to get all the information you need.
THANK YOU FOR BEING PART. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME. THANK YOU FROM THE DEEPEST BOTTOM OF MY HEART.