By Lt. Michael Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison
A weekend road trip found a CDCR lieutenant and his wife rendering aid to a family caught in a truck precariously perched on a retaining wall in the middle of a busy highway.
On Nov. 12, Lt. Jason Weber and his wife were returning home traveling eastbound on Highway 46 near Paso Robles. A westbound vehicle was approaching but the driver appeared to be losing consciousness. The truck hit a retaining wall and became caught on the divider.
The Webers immediately pulled over and were the first to respond to the accident.
“My wife went to the driver’s side and started attending to the woman,” said Lt. Weber. “I got the man out of the passenger side. It appeared everyone was wearing their seat belts but all the air bags were deployed. The passenger told me there was a boy (his grandson) in the back seat.”
The driver appeared to be diabetic and was suffering from low blood sugar.
When Lt. Weber opened the passenger rear door, 5-year-old Casey jumped into his arms.
“I got him and his grandpa down from the truck and safely to the side of the road but the boy would not let go of me,” said Lt. Weber. “He was crying and scared. By that time the wife and another Good Samaritan got the woman out. She was dazed and slurring her words. She couldn’t hold herself up so my wife and another man assisted, carrying her to the side of the road with traffic still blazing by in both lanes.”
They laid her down and made multiple trips back to the vehicle for her diabetic kit and other supplies. They checked her blood sugar levels which were very low and cared for her until an ambulance arrived 20 minutes later.
“The driver appeared to go unconscious just as the fire department arrived. They then took control and relieved those who were helping,” Lt. Weber said.
The lieutenant gives much of the credit to his wife.
“It was awesome to watch my wife take control of the situation and help since she has a background of medical assisting. Thank God she was there to help because that little boy was not letting go of me. He was uninjured, but I clearly found a new friend,” he said.
The boy asked to take a photo to show to his parents. The lieutenant obliged.
“Once the CHP and ambulance came he was doing better,” Lt. Weber said. “They were able to leave but not without catching a selfie together. This kid had me laughing.”