Police in eastern Ontario are hoping to identify two Good Samaritans who saved a woman’s life by pulling her car away from burning wreckage after a collision that left an 18-year-old man dead.
Ontario Provincial Police responded to a collision on Highway 15 near Frayn Road just after midnight on May 7 in the Rideau Lakes Township of Lombardy, Ont.
A Pontiac Sunfire was travelling southbound on Highway 15 when police said it crossed the centre lane and collided head-on with a Volkswagen.
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Officers arrived at the scene, but the Pontiac was already fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene but the unnamed 18-year-old from Portland, Ont. was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prior to police arriving, two men driving in an older model blue or black pickup truck arrived at the collision.
The men then used a tow strap to move the Volkswagen, which had a 48-year-old Kitchener woman trapped inside, further away from the flaming Pontiac.
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Police said if it had not been for the unknown men’s “selfless acts” the woman could have been killed.
“Had that vehicle not been pulled away, it would have been a different story. Absolutely it would have been a different story. We probably, to be honest with you, would have had a double fatal,” said Const. Sandra Barr.
“Unfortunately those two males got away before somebody was able to get some names and so forth but we’d like to recognize them.”
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The woman was then airlifted to hospital with serious injuries and Barr said she is recovering.
“Some people they just do what they believe needs to be done and then they just leave. They’re not looking for recognition or whatever, some people are just like that,” Barr said.
Police believe the men travelled southbound on Highway 15 after the collision and are asking them, anyone who knows their identities, or anyone who stopped to render assistance to contact Leeds OPP Staff Sgt. Jason Butcher or Const. Chuck Doran at 1-888-310-1122 or 613-345-1790.