Family of Hit-and-Run Victim in Wilmington, North Carolina, Grateful to Bystander Who Helped at Scene
WILMINGTON, NC. – According to an online news story reported at cbs17.com, the family members of a hit-and-run victim in Wilmington, North Carolina, are expressing gratitude to the bystander who helped at the scene of the accident. The Good Samaritan tried to save the victim’s life and helped organize the scene before responders arrived.*
The accident happened on Carolina Beach Road, when a woman was involved in a collision in which the driver left the scene. Details about the accident, including how it happened and how many people were involved, were not included in the news report. However, the victim’s children were aware of a bystander who assisted at the scene, and they reached out to the media to help locate her.
The family soon found out by way of social media that the Good Samaritan was an 18-year-old woman who works as a lifeguard. The woman said she and her brother were driving in the area on their way to the Silver Lake Market when they heard the crash. They stopped and immediately went to render aid to the victim.
The woman told reporters that her brother started directing traffic while she initiated CPR on the victim. The woman also directed another bystander to call 911 and told someone else to go look for an automated external defibrillator. She remained with the victim, performing CPR and talking to dispatch until emergency crews arrived.
CBS 17 reports that the victim tragically died from her injuries, but her family wanted to reach out to the woman who tried to save her life. They all plan to have a meeting in person soon. The Good Samaritan said that she was doing what she hoped anyone else would do in that situation and that she was glad the victim was not alone in her final moments.
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