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Caught on Tape: Video Catches Moment Police, Good Samaritan Step In for Heroic Rescue

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On Jan. 19, a 70-year-old woman in Newark, Delaware, was seriously injured when she forgot to put her SUV in park and became trapped under the vehicle after stepping out.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe rolled over the woman, knocking her down against the asphalt, trapping her leg in the wheel well and pinning one of her arms underneath the tire.

Kyle Stant, a neighbor, quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to lift the vehicle with a jack — but it wasn’t big enough.

“The jack was not big enough to lift her car,” Stant told WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. “She was behind the front left tire to where I found her laying, and I did everything in my power right from there to get her out and to make sure she was safe to — nothing else worse would happen.”

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“She says, ‘Kyle, please help me, don’t leave me,’ and I told her, ‘I’m not going to leave you. We’re going to get through this. We’re going to get you out.’

“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 fifth cop pulls her out.”

Once the woman was safely removed, she was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. She was listed in stable condition and was expected to make a full recovery.

The rescue was a new one for local cops as well.

“I’ve been on six years and I can honestly say that this is the first time that I have had to do something like this,” said Officer Lewis Echevarria of the New Castle County Police Department.

“She was just frantic,” said Officer Nicholas Manucci, the first officer on the scene. “I was trying to calm her down. I told her she was going to be fine. Once EMS got there, she was in good hands.

“These guys did the heavy lifting, and once the car came up, I dragged the elderly woman out to safety.”

Bodycam footage shared on the New Castle County Police Facebook page showed the quick work the team made of removing the poor woman.

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“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,” Mark R. Logemann, chief of the New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division, said in a post shared by the department.

“The Emergency Medical Services Division values the close working relationship we share with our law enforcement partners in our combined mission to serve the citizens of New Castle County,” he said.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking