A driver on Monday spent more than seven hours stranded in a cold creek before a passerby noticed his crashed car, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported Tuesday.
Jeff Robey said that he was driving along state Route 188 in Lancaster at about 2:30 p.m. when he spotted the crash.
“I seen a car upside down, a man lying on his back, and I said, ‘pull over,’” Robey said. “His face was all bloody, his eye was black and closed.”
Robey, who said that he was a former Navy medic, said that he did the best to comfort the driver, identified as Larry Chiki, who was stuck in his upside-down silver Ford Mustang.
“I’m a helper. I love helping people,” Robey said.
Another person ran to help Chiki, 29,, too, Landers reported.
“I seen a guy in the creek waving and screaming for help,” Trent Horn said. “He kept saying his legs were broken.”
The victim said that dozens of cars drove by without helping.
“I counted about 37 cars going by me, and I was waving with my hat,” Robey said the victim told him.
Robey said that the Chiki said that he fell asleep at the wheel and hit a guardrail, and that was all he could remember.
“He said he had his cell phone that he found in the water, but it had shorted,” Robey said.
Fire crews arrived at the scene of the crash and flew Chiki to an area hospital, where he was recovering from his injuries, Landers reported.
“I don’t want to be no hero, he’s the hero,” Robey said.
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