The Richmond Register

January 4, 2013

Passersby help emergency crew free driver from wreck

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Around noon Friday, she heard the crash before she saw it, said Mysterie Brown Conner, marketing director at Madison Bank on Gibson Bay Drive.

Conner and a co-worker looked out of their office window and saw a wrecked car on the Robert R. Martin Bypass but didn’t see the SUV that was in a ditch on the side of the road.

They left the bank and walked down to the scene where an elderly woman was trapped inside the SUV, she said.

Traffic backed up on Gibson Bay Drive where “people were jumping out of their cars right and left to help,” Conner said.

The driver’s vehicle was sitting on two wheels while the passenger side of the car was off the ground.

Not knowing the condition of the driver, first responders wanted to gain access to her from the driver’s side but could not level the vehicle on their own, she said.

“I’m not sure whose idea it was,” Conner said, but four bystanders used their body weight to position the SUV parallel to the ground while police officers and paramedics pushed the vehicle from the other side.

The driver was able to walk away from the accident, but she was visibly shaken, Conner said. “I was really impressed how so many rushed to help, and that’s why I took this photo.”