ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – He was left for dead on the side of the road but an elderly Arlington man survived and is recovering in the hospital.
That man, Terry Pinkston, can thank an Arlington resident who just happened to hear the crash and ran to help.
CBS 11 News talked with the Good Samaritan who could crack the case for police.
People who live in north Arlington, near the 2400 block of Ascension Boulevard, say it’s not uncommon for cars to scream around the corner too fast, and hit the curb.
Residents in the area know the familiar sound and Saturday morning one man heard it again.
Bill Komar was watching television without the headphones he usually wears. After hearing squealing tires he stepped outside to see what happened. He saw skids marks, ruts in the grass, and a blue Chevy Cavalier sitting next to a fence.
At first, Komar thought it was the usual accident.
“Something caught my eye, and I just happened to notice someone laying here,” he remembered aloud. “I realized at that point someone got hit by a car.”
In the small space between a utility box and the wall, Komar saw 73-year-old Pinkston lying in a pool of blood. He called 911, ran downstairs, and vaulted over the fence to help him.
When Komar got to the spot he found a hole in the wall right by where Pinkston was laying. “His head did that damage. His head did that damage,” he said over and over, still finding it heard to believe.
Komar knew Pinkston was hurt badly. He couldn’t see the elderly man’s broken ribs, broken pelvis and three cracked vertebrae, but he could see a huge gash in his head. Komar pressed a wool cap against it to try and stop the bleeding and hold things together until help arrived.
“I was holding him, holding his arm, telling him you’re going to be alright help’s on its way,” he remembered. The Good Samaritan was able to keep his col until the ‘cavalry’ arrived. “As soon as I got up and talked to police I was a wreck for a few minutes.”
Downplaying his courageous act Komar said “anyone” would have done what he did.
But Pinkston clearly remembers who came to his rescue that Saturday morning. “This guy that lives in The Cliffs Apartments, and his girlfriend, came down, climbed the fence, jumped over it and started applying pressure to the head wound and probably saved me,” he said from his hospital bed.
Komar is a religious man but said, “I don’t believe in winged angels. I believe God uses all of us as angels when he needs to.”
This particular ‘angel’ was also able to give police a detailed description of the blue-colored, 2-door Chevy Cavalier involved in the hit and run. You see Komar knew exactly what type vehicle it was because he worked building cars for General Motors for nearly 30 years.
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