Mich. woman follows man in medical distress through 2 towns, alerts authorities

Another bystander helped the man before police and EMS arrived


Jackie Martin
The News Herald

BROWNSTOWN, Mich. — A woman who spotted a man driving erratically in Woodhaven followed him into Brownstown Township where he sideswiped a car before crashing his truck.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning and was later discovered the man was suffering from a medical emergency.

The woman was able to relay the man's location to the police.

Brownstown Police Chief Jeff Watson coincidentally was in the area of the vehicle, which was traveling west on West Road.

Watson was on his way to work when he heard the call come over the police radio.

He spotted the vehicle and at the time it was "creeping" along West Road.

It took the police chief a few minutes before he could safely turn around and try to catch up to the truck.

By then, the motorist had sped up and sideswiped a car at the entrance of Casa San Marino Apartments in the 24000 block of West Road.

He crashed near a ditch just east of Sylvan Drive.

An alert resident in the area on his way to work stopped and ran to the man's truck.

He was able to reach inside and put the vehicle in park.

When Watson reached the man the witness and resident were assisting him.

"When I got to the scene he was unresponsive," Watson said.

While at the truck attending to the man, his wife called.

Using the Bluetooth connection, first responders were able to answer the call from its speaker and she was able to give valuable information to paramedics on his health.

Watson said she understandably was shocked to call him and end up speaking with emergency responders instead.

"This could have been a lot worse," Watson said. "He narrowly missed a head-on collision. I'm happy he is going to be OK and no one else was hurt."

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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