Emergencies can happen at any time. And when they do, it’s a miracle when the right people are there to respond. This was exemplified during a recent incident that happened at a busy intersection in Boynton Beach, Florida. A woman was driving her car towards the crossroads when she suffered a medical episode. The nearby traffic cam video captured the event, which shows her car coasting through the intersection and into oncoming traffic that was, thankfully, stopped at a stoplight.
It was the woman’s co-worker who first noticed something was wrong. They were driving in separate cars, and the co-worker saw her colleague slumped over the steering wheel. The co-worker raced out of her own car and got the attention of other drivers. Folks then left their vehicles to help stop the driver's car before it hit anyone.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Juan Chavez was one of the do-gooders to respond to the co-worker’s pleas. “When I heard her say, ‘She's unconscious, she's unconscious,' that's when I was like, ‘I have to do something,'” he explained. Once he and the others stopped the car, they tried to get the window open. Realizing it wouldn’t budge, Chavez went to his vehicle and grabbed a tool to break the window. Other responders used a dumbbell to smash the rear passenger side window.
The driver became more responsive once the glass started breaking. The car was then put in park and pushed to a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot, where a nurse attended to the woman until the fire department arrived.
Although the identities of many of the good Samaritans are unknown, police are hoping they will come forward so that the force can recognize them for their compassion. As for the driver, she is “doing fine” after the incident. Police spoke with her employer, and she is well enough to be back at work.
A group of strangers rushed to action when a woman had a medical episode while driving.
INCREDIBLE MOMENT: Boynton Beach police sent this video out in the hopes to honor the people who got out of the car to help the woman who had a medical episode while driving. https://t.co/5XDUhTg570 pic.twitter.com/2o6G9d6MJP
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