A Dartmouth, Mass. woman was involved in an SUV crash last Friday. The 49-year-old woman’s vehicle went off the road and into a nearby creek. Other drivers who witnessed the car accident rushed her to aid, keeping her head above water until emergency crews arrived to free her from the vehicle. She was conscious when emergency rescuers arrived and transported her to a local hospital.
Eyewitnesses believe the woman may have had a seizure or other medical event that caused her to veer off the highway. No one was else was in the SUV at the time of the crash.
The state’s Good Samaritan laws protect those who perform good faith attempts to render emergency care, including CPR and defibrillation, except in cases of gross negligence of willful or wanton misconduct.
Massachusetts law also requires those who have suffered a seizure or other loss of consciousness to voluntarily surrender their driver’s license until they have remained free of episodes for a minimum of six months.
Source: Olmsted Township: Massachusetts woman saved by passersby after crash, WKYC.com, October 15, 2010
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