Man stops to assist driver suffering medical problem in Maury Co - WKRN News 2

Man stops to assist driver suffering medical problem in Maury County

Posted: Updated: May 27, 2014 06:21 PM
Doug Woody performed CPR on a man who suffered a medical emergency while driving. Doug Woody performed CPR on a man who suffered a medical emergency while driving.
Robert Easton passed away at an area hospital Tuesday. Robert Easton passed away at an area hospital Tuesday.
SANTA FE, Tenn. - A Maury County man is being called a hero after he quickly stopped to help a man who suffered a medical problem and crashed his pick-up truck.

It happened Thursday afternoon in the 4000 block of Snow Creek Road in the Santa Fe community.

Doug Woody was on his way to work when he saw a pick-up truck pulling a boat in front of him run off the road and crash through two fences.

Woody told News 2 he could see the driver, Robert Easton, slumped over behind the steering wheel.  He immediately stopped to try to help but when he got closer he realized the man wasn't breathing.

Woody called 911 and pulled Easton out of the truck to begin performing CPR.

As he was doing so, the truck, which was not in park, began to roll toward him.  Woody got out of the way and chased after the truck, eventually stopping the vehicle.

When he did, Woody realized the Easton’s five-year-old granddaughter was in the backseat of the vehicle.

"I heard her hollering grandpa.  I had no clue she was in there until then," Woody said.

Woody began performing chest compressions while staying on the phone with the Maury County 911 dispatcher before eventually Easton began breathing again.

"I kept telling him to stay with me, don't die.  I told him to fight, fight for his granddaughter who was standing over there," said Woody.

Woody, a member of the Tennessee National Guard since 1984, knew CPR, but told News 2 he'd only had to use it once before and that was years ago in Iraq.

Two more good Samaritans stopped to assist Woody and waited with the little girl who was crying and scared.

Easton, 65, a veteran from Santa Fe, was transported by ambulance to Maury Regional Medical Center where he remained in the critical care unit until he passed away late Tuesday afternoon.

Through a hospital spokesperson, his family said they are grateful for the individuals who tried to save Easton's life and referred to them as "angels."
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