DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –Dallas police officers, fire fighters and several bystanders pooled their strength to rescue a woman trapped beneath a car after a violent crash.
Surveillance video from a nearby business captured the scene from the night of July 9th on Greenville Avenue, near the intersection of Bryan Parkway.
Police say a woman was riding a motorcycle in the right, southbound lane, when a man driving a Nissan Ultima in the same direction made a move from the left to the right lane.
The impact sent the woman flying off the motorcycle. She was pinned under his car.
The low hanging under carriage of the vehicle kept her from moving. Her helmet was wedged to the ground.
Dallas police officers Laura Beddow, William Mathis and Jason Henrichs were the first to get to the scene.
“All we saw was her arm, so we tried to make sure she was stil alive, still breathing until [Dallas Fire Rescue] got there,” said Officer Beddow.
The police officers tried to use a jack to lift up the car and relieve the pressure on the woman, but it didn’t work.
The woman was slipping in and out of consciousness.
“I just wanted to keep talking to her, keep trying to reassure her we’re going to get help. Help was on the way. We’re going to get her out of there,” said Officer Mathis.
As more officers and bystanders arrived, Beddow says the group made the decision to move the car with their hands.
“Once we saw the big guys show up, we were like, ‘I think there’s enough of us to lift up the car, so we made the decision to lift it instead of waiting,” said Officer Beddow.
In one quick motion, the dash cam video shows eight officers, the fire fighter, and the civilians lifting up one side of the car.
Officer Beddow and another first responder were able to drag the woman to safety.
She was taken to Baylor Hospital with serious injuries. Some of the officers later visited her there.
“We just wanted to do the right thing, wanted to help her out,” said Officer Mathis.
Police officers Michael Sullivan, Jason Henricks, Laura Beddow, William Mathis, Kevin Mathew, Boz Rojas, RL Rushing, and Senior Corporal Michael Welch are the first responders from DPD who moved the vehicle and freed the woman.
The woman’s attorney says she’s still recovering, but at home now. She says the first responders saved her life.
“My client is grateful and thankful for the excellent service provided by the Dallas police officers and firefighters that saved her life. She is grateful and thankful to the bystanders that helped lift the car and the excellent medical care she received at Baylor,” said attorney Tim Bates.
Bates says his client has seen the video of the rescue, but remembers very little of what happened that night.
“In 25 years of handling thousands of violent collision cases, this is the finest police and fireman work I have ever seen. Dallas should be proud of these great officers and firemen,” said Bates.
Police say the driver of the sedan was at fault in the crash. He faces no criminal charge but officers cited him for driving without a license.
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