Former Army Medic Stays By Man’s Side As He Dies After Union Co. Semi Crash


UPDATED: Saturday January 26, 2013 3:11 AM

A man said that he tried to do everything possible to save a man’s life on Friday.
 
Christopher DeWitt said that he will never forget Jan. 25 – for multiple reasons.
 
Nineteen years ago on the same day, DeWitt’s father passed away.
 
On Jan. 25, 2013, though, he lost someone else along state Route 31 in Union County.
 
“From my training, I could tell this was not going to end well,” said DeWitt, who spent a number of years as an Army Reserve medic.
 
That was why his neighbors called him as soon as they saw a crash involving a semi an SUV>
 
“They were right there with him, and they needed help because they knew it would be a little bit of time before help would arrive,” DeWitt said.
 
At about 11 a.m., a still unidentified driver of a Ford Expedition lost control and went left of center and was struck by a semi.
 
“The driver’s side door was just completely on top of him,” DeWitt said. “The first thing we needed to do was secure his airway.”
 
DeWitt said that he and other witnesses covered the man in the SUV up with blankets as his pulse began to fade.
 
“We laid our hands on him and prayed and asked for God’s mercy,” DeWitt said.
 
Despite their best efforts, the man did not survive his injuries.
 
“I wanted to be able to convey to the family that there were people there trying to help your son, your husband, your brother,” DeWitt said. “That’s what I want them to know. That he was not alone.”
 
The Ohio State Highway Patrol did not immediately release the name of the man who died because his next of kin were still being notified.
 
The driver of the semi, a man from Georgia, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
 
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