Police and a good Samaritan came together last Wednesday in Newark, Deleware, to help rescue a 70-year-old woman trapped under her vehicle.
Authorities said the woman’s arm became entangled under a tire and her leg became lodged in a wheel well after reportedly forgetting to put her 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe in park.
Details on how the incident unfolded are still under investigation.
Officers with the New Castle County Police Department said the woman was understandably “frantic” when they arrived on the scene. They tried to calm her down and decided to lift the car so they could pull her to safety.
For at least one cop, it was the first time he had experienced anything like it.
“I have been on six years and I can honestly say that this is the first time I have had to do something like this,” Officer Lewis Echevarria told WPVI-TV.
Watch the amazing rescue caught on bodycam footage:
As it turns out, the police weren’t the first to try and help. A neighbor named Kyle Stant attempted to use a jack to lift the SUV off the woman but to no avail. He comforted her until police came.
“The jack was not big enough to lift her car,” he told WPVI-TV. “At that moment, five county cops show up. I tell them ‘I need your help’ and myself and four county cops we lift the car.”
The heroes are credited for saving the woman’s life. Mark R. Logemann, chief of the New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division, told WDHD-TV that Stant and the cops deserve praise for the rescue.
“The quick-thinking and physical actions of the bystander and the officers from the Division of Police played a major role in this patient being protected from further injury, and possibly death,” he said.
After the incident, the woman was in stable condition and is expected to recover fully.
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