Tressa Carmody, an employee of Timco Logistics in Waxahachie, shared a story with her boss and company co-owner, Kelly Sisneros.
It was a harrowing story of a Good Samaritan, a truck driver, who witnessed a motorcycle accident May 19 and stopped to help. Carmody said the driver “not only saved the young man’s life, he saved three young children from being fatherless and a family from having to attend a funeral and years of grief.” The driver is Stewart King of Rice, Texas, who has worked for Timco for three years. Kyle Webb, Carmody’s neighbor, was severely injured in the accident.
King was driving about a mile north of exit 404 on the Interstate 35 service road about 11 p.m. when something caught his eye and then he saw a motorcycle flip over into the ditch. He said the motorcycle had passed him about two miles earlier.
“I just caught a glimpse – I thought it was a reflector on the road. I just caught it for a split second and then I saw it flip over and I thought, ‘Oh, man, that’s that guy on that motorcycle,’” King said, saying there was no one around and no witnesses to the accident. “He lost control of the bike and I never really saw him hit anything. As I started to pass him, he was wobbling really bad and he didn’t have any lights on his motorcycle.”
He said he stopped to make sure the rider was all right. It was dark so he turned on his cell phone light and could see one side of the bike was covered with blood.
Webb’s arm was caught underneath his motorcycle. He was still conscious and kept telling King to help him get his arm out and that he was in pain. King had to heave several times to lift the weight of the bike a couple of inches so Webb could pull his arm out.
“He was in total shock. All he wanted to do was get up and go home. He kept asking me to help him go home,” King said. “I kept telling him to lay down – be still – you’re hurt. He had completely severed his leg.”
King called 911 telling the dispatcher that Webb was injured and bleeding badly. She told him to keep him conscious. He said he rubbed his shoulder and head a couple of times but Webb would wake up briefly and start dozing again.
“I was pretty calm but I couldn’t tell the operator where I was – I kept telling her I was at the 504 but that’s almost Oklahoma. She said, ‘You mean 404?’ And I looked up and I saw the sign 287 to Fort Worth then I got it straightened out,” he said. “At 11:30 you’re tired. I was really scared – I have to admit it scared me. I thought the man was going to die right there with me before anybody got there. It worried me. I don’t get nervous but it worried me.”
The first responders arrived within about five minutes.
“I don’t think I’m a hero – everybody says I am – but I don’t think so. If anybody wants to know the hero down here it’s the police department, fire department and the paramedics,” King said, saying as bad as the accident was, he has seen worse. “I can’t give enough credit to the fire department and police department here – they were wonderful.”
Once help arrived, King walked back to his truck for a drink of water to calm down. He said one of the responders came and shook his hand and told him if he hadn’t called for help, Webb wouldn’t have survived.
“I do know that God was with him that night – me too. We both of us had a set of angels with us,” he said, saying he has been a truck driver for 18 years and if he comes upon an accident where no one is there to help or someone is injured he always stops. “I’ve stopped and helped people before. The way I look at it, if you stop and help some day it my be somebody I love and I hope and pray to God somebody stops to help. Any good deed will be repaid 10-fold.”
After the ordeal, he returned to Timco, where his wife was waiting to pick him up.
“I don’t drive. She chauffeurs me everywhere. I hate to drive automobiles. I don’t like the way people behave on the roads,” he said. “She and my kids are real proud of me.”
Webb is still hospitalized and scheduled for another surgery Wednesday.
“He seems to be in good spirits and is adjusting well,” Webb’s mother, Cindy Hackney, said. “I don’t know how I will ever be able to thank him (King). I truly believe my son is here today because of him. I can’t thank him enough and I thank God for him every day.”
King said he suffered a severely broken leg in 2005 and was in bed for 13 months and almost lost his leg.
“Without any income, I almost lost everything I’d worked for,” King said. “If anyone can help this guy out in any matter in any way, he has three young kids. Accidents happen and I’d hate to see him lose what he’s got.”
King was born and raised in Vidor, Texas, and lives in Rice. He has been married 25 years and has two children, one grandson and another grandson on the way.
Timco will honor Stewart’s heroic act as a Good Samaritan with a celebration at the company May 31 by awarding him a trophy for his bravery.
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