Janey Smith was driving on the freeway on her way home when her car blew out—but she believes she was in the right place at the right time.
Tow trucker Robert Hooper came on the scene to tow her car away, and that’s when Smith spotted something on the side of the road.
There was a wrecked, blue car with no driver or passenger in sight. It had rolled down some grass so unobtrusively that had Smith not been waiting for her car to be attached to the truck, she would not have seen it. No one would have.
“Missed all of the road signs, didn’t knock anything over, just kind of mowed some grass down,” Hooper remembered.
It was hard to tell if there was even someone from the crash left near the crash site.
But then Hooper thought he “heard a low mumble.”
And it could have been someone saying “Help.”
Hooper looked again and realized that within the mangled pile of metal was the driver, and he was still alive.
“The flood of emotions that comes when you’re looking at someone that you thought was dead actually being alive—I don’t know how to spring into action but I just knew I needed to get in there and help him,” Hooper said.
Smith ran to call 911 as Hooper tried to get closer to the driver. There were a bunch of sticks stuck to the front of the car and he tried to rip them off to make a clear exit for the driver. Paramedics were there minutes later, and the man was rushed to a hospital.
Their coincidental timing had saved a life.
“It’s pretty scary to think that he could have sat there until—maybe a train drove by? Who knows, who would have found him?” Hooper told USA Today.
“I keep thinking—what would have happened if I hadn’t been here? It’s not a good thought,” Hooper said.
Smith believes they were there because they had a purpose.
“I am a believer that I was here to help this man,” she said.
Watch the interview below: