‘I kept telling him everything was going to be OK’ – Heroic young woman runs across four lanes of A505 traffic to help victim of horror crash
PUBLISHED: 17:09 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:09 03 April 2017
A courageous young woman put aside her own health problems to dodge four lanes of traffic and help a crash victim on the A505 near Baldock on Saturday.
Daniella Tunmore, 23, was driving with a friend along the A505 between Baldock and Royston when she saw a shadow blot out the sun.
It was a convertible BMW 330, which had collided with the central reservation before flipping through the air and crash landing on the carriageway.
The driver, Leigh Windsor from Letchworth, had been taking his recently-purchased car out for a spin with the top down in the spring weather before the crash around 2.30pm.
He was thrown out of the car and left seriously injured on the road, but miraculously his friend in the passenger seat was able to walk away from the crash – although he was later treated by paramedics.
Daniella, who was on her way from her home in King’s Lynn for a weekend away in London, told this paper: “I just saw this shadow which seemed to blot out the sun. Suddenly I realised it was the underside of a car.
“I pulled over into a lay-by and somehow ran across four lanes of traffic to get to the driver, who was lying in the road.
“I don’t know how I didn’t get knocked over but something in my brain just kicked in.
“Next minute I was kneeling beside him. I didn’t think he would be breathing – I didn’t think anyone could survive that.
“I asked him his name and address and date of birth.
“He kept going in and out and I thought he was going to go, but I just kept talking to him, telling him to stay awake and he kept coming back round.
“I told him not to move, and put pressure on his head to try to stop the blood coming out.
“I kept telling him everything was going to be OK, even though I really didn’t know how it could be.
“His leg was in a right mess too. Another lady came who was a doctor, and she was putting a hoody on his leg to stop the bleeding.
“I noticed on his arm he had a puzzle tattoo – which is the sign for autism – and he said it was because he has an autistic son.
“He just kept saying about his daughter and how he felt so bad because she would be upset this had happened.
“Suddenly there were paramedics and ambulance crews everywhere and they were telling me I was doing a great job and was a hero, and that he wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for me.
“They were asking me to stay with him, to keep talking to him and hold his hand. I was holding drips and all sorts. It was crazy.
“It was incredible that his passenger was able to get up and walk away after the crash. He said his girlfriend was pregnant with twins.”
Daniella suffers from asthma and anxiety and was recently diagnosed with a tumour in her leg. She usually relies on crutches to get around.
She said: “I usually find it difficult to get around, but in that moment I didn’t notice. Something just happened and I knew I had to get there.”
Daniella was able to continue her weekend away in London, eventually catching up with her friends at 8pm in the evening – about 8 hours later than expected.
Leigh remains in intensive care at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.
His family have said he is in the very best hands and that they want to pass on their thanks to Daniella for her actions, which they say saved his life.
Police yesterday appealed for information after the crash, which happened between the Weston Hills tunnel and Clothall Road.
Officers want anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to police, or anyone who saw the BMW before the crash, to contact Herts police on 101.