A grieving family says they are closer to finding closure after learning that a stranger comforted their loved one during her final moments.
Last month, Dorothy Marko crashed her truck into a tree on Highway 70 in Choctow County, Oklahoma. The truck burst into flames while the 25-year-old mother of two was still inside, authorities told local station KFOR-TV.
Family members said they were told that people driving by had stopped to take pictures and video of the horrific scene. But only one person actually tried to help Marko.
Darell Cloyd, a truck driver from Ohio, told local station KXII-TV that he happened to be on the highway after taking a wrong turn. That’s when he saw the burning vehicle and stopped to check on the driver.
Cloyd helped pull Marko to safety and stayed by her side until first responders arrived on scene. Authorities told Marko’s family that the truck driver was visibly upset.
Marko, who lived in Hugo, was transported to a hospital where she died a few hours later on April 23. According to her obituary, “the greatest love in her life is her two children, John and Jennifer.”
Marko’s family has called Cloyd their “guardian angel” and said they are thankful he was there to comfort their loved one.
“I’m hoping he made her feel comfortable for those last couple moments. I’m hoping that he eased her mind a little bit so she didn’t have to go alone,” Marko’s sister, Linda, recently told KFOR-TV.
Marko’s family told the local station they hope they can meet Cloyd the next time he is in town.
Marko’s mother, Brenda, has set up a GoFundMe page seeking donations to help support the two children she left behind.
“Dorothy was full of life and loved everyone she knew,” Brenda wrote.
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