Victim seeks to thank Good Samaritans who calmed her after car a - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Teen survives violent hit-and-run, seeks to thank Good Samaritans who helped her

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A 19-year-old girl, hit and injured in a serious collision, says another driver clipped her Jeep and took off. It happened April 20 on Interstate 26 westbound just before the St. Andrews Road exit.

Caroline Bell says she's thankful to be alive. She credits first responders and several Good Samaritans who helped get her to the hospital and reunited with her family.

"I work at the mall so I have to go from 20 to 26. I've done it more times than I can count," said Bell.

Just after she merged onto I-26 West, she says a silver car clipped her Jeep and sent her reeling into the retaining wall.

"I felt my Jeep go up on two wheels and I thought, 'Oh, this isn't good,'" said Bell.

Her Jeep was smashed and the silver car was no where to be found.

"When I came to, my car was facing traffic in the emergency lane and there was no driver window and a bunch of people were asking if I needed help," said Bell.

At least three Good Samaritans stopped. They carried Bell from the mangled Jeep to a bystander's van while they waited on EMTs.

"I remember them being like, we're going to take you to the hospital and I was like, I was going to wait on the side of the road for my mom," said Bell.

Mom was at home with her son when she received a voicemail from her shaken daughter.

Bell was taken to the hospital, but her mom had no way to get to her daughter because their only family vehicle had just been totaled. One of the Good Samaritans stepped in again.

"One of them, I think his name was Harry, he was in a blue shirt, he said, 'Don't worry about it, I'll take care of it,' and I remember saying, 'Thank you,'" said Bell.

'Harry' even offered to drive them back home once Caroline was discharged, if they needed a ride.

"There really are good people out there," said Bell.

Caroline has a couple broken toes, sprained shoulder, a concussion, and some scrapes, but she says she's doing well because people cared enough to help.

"To the people who stopped, took time out of their day just because they saw someone in a wreck, thank you so much," said Bell.

She doesn't know the names of everyone who helped her that day, but she knows she was meant to share her story.

"I'm supposed to do something with my life apparently and I'm still supposed to be on this Earth for some greater purpose hopefully," said Bell.

If you saw anything or have any information that can help investigators in this case, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Bell and her family are also hoping to one day get a chance to personally thank those Good Samaritans.

Copyright 2013 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    Sunday, June 24 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-06-25 00:10:42 GMT
    De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)

    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    Sunday, June 24 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-06-24 16:51:49 GMT

    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

    More >>

    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

    More >>
  • Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:31:14 GMT
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
Powered by Frankly