Samaritans help driver

Woman veers off-road and into ditch

Local paramedics are crediting the quick thinking actions of two good Samaritans for helping save the life of a 76-year-old Saanichton woman. The woman had suffered a heart attack while driving her car on Mt. Newton X Road, police said. Her vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and ultimately ended up in the ditch just after 5 p.m. on May 17.

“Fortunately, because the vehicle was operating at a low speed, the oncoming traffic had the opportunity to avoid collision,” said Janis Jean, media liaison for Central Saanich Police Service.

The two good Samaritans were driving in the area and immediately came to assist the victim. They located the driver, unresponsive, slumped across the front seat of her car, called 9-1-1 and then helped paramedics with extricating the driver from the vehicle.

“The victim continued to be unresponsive and was suffering from a full cardiac arrest,” Jean said in a press release. “Paramedics revived and stabilized the driver and subsequently transferred her to the hospital. The woman is expected to make a full recovery from the incident and is grateful to the two good Samaritans as well as the other emergency personnel.”