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Would You Have Helped at Fatal Crash?

Some drivers who saw the fatal crash on Lower Macungie Road drove away without trying to help

There were several witnesses to a car accident in front of Lower Macungie Middle School yesterday afternoon that

At least one driver stayed to try to help those inside a Pontiac Grand Am involved in the crash. 41-year-old Brandi Kralik, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was inside the Grand Am.

The witness, who also lives in Emmaus, was three cars behind Kralik when the accident happened. She pulled over to the side of the road and parked her car in the shoulder and immediately ran toward the accident to see if she could help.

Many others, including the two cars immediately in front of her didn’t stick around, “pulling u-turns” even as she was running toward the accident to see what she could do, the Emmaus witness reports.

What would you do if you were in our witness’ shoes? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.

Theresa Ernst June 14, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I would stop to see if I could help anyone get out or provide first aid.
Theresa Ernst June 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
And of course the most important thing, call 911.
Lanya June 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
In a word, yes. As a former lifeguard and regular renewer of my First Aid and CPR certifications, I consider it a civic duty to stop and help, or at least make sure 911 has been called. Shame on those who saw it and drove away. Everyone is so afraid of getting "involved" in anything they don't have to, but what happened to being a Good Samaritan? I hope those who were witnesses will come forward and help give peace and understanding to the survivors of the woman who died and also to those who were injured.
Bob June 14, 2012 at 09:06 PM
An Emmaus Firefighter/Emt stopped to provide assistance,what he saw that day i hope i never have to see
tamarya June 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
If I witnessed the accident I would remain at the scene for police and call 911. Not certified in first aid or trained, with any more of an injury than cuts and scrapes, so as for any contact or movement of victims or anything it would be best to wait for emergency crew, plus right now the age of my children which are 7 and 9, I do not think that would be something for them to get out of my vehicle and go to the vehicles involved and see what they would see.
Bicycle Pete June 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM
How could you leave?
Lyle Richardson June 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I always stop when i see an accident, but if you stop make sure your car is far enough off the road for some accidents cars who help have been rear ended so use caution. My wife and I were in an accident several months ago hit by a hit and run driver totaled our car and I was in a daze walking in the middle of the road and drivers were driving right by and not stopping.
Colleen Krause Straw June 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
My husband and I witnessed a woman sideswipe her jeep into the driver ahead of us and jerked it into the center lane and it proceeded to flip about 5 times. We stopped ,but luckily there was a fire engine going in the other direction that saw the accident. It was fortunate for us, as the lady was DOA as she had been thrown from the vehicle. We knew it was bad, but we stopped called 911 and we had no extra time to react as the fire engine was there before we hung up the phone. Neither of us are fully trained in an emergency but we certainly would never have driven off. If we could have helped at all, we would have done what we could. It still bothers me when I drive by the area on that road. What a tragedy to witness. My heart goes out to the family and children of Brandi.
Melissa June 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Sad to say, people don't stick around because once you do, you are obligated to go through everything including unpaid court proceedings. You sacrifice time and money from your job. It is so unfortunate. Something needs to be done about it because too many people are afraid to come forward. As for me, I would have stayed until help arrived and given a statement of what I saw. So sad. My heart goes out to everyone involved.
tamarya June 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I will say though I would have helped even if it was callng police and remaining on the scene,however I cannot say the same about that when I was hit at the millcreek and lower macungie rd. Out of all the cars passing and the few cars that were behind me they all kept right on going, also was hit by a deer on mountain rd last yr, the deer flew to the other side of the road as cars were coming towards it, had somebody tailgating going up the road and both cars turned around. As a matter of fact I had to start blowing the horn or the one coming towards the deer would have drove right over it the way they were flying. The one behind that person stopped and pulled the deer off the road, then they took the deer.
tamarya June 15, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It had to be even worse because kids were in the car and she was dead, hopefully for the kids that they do not have to remember that they were unalert. Thats one thing I would hope for if that would happen to me and my kids survive, is hopefully they do not remember it.
Beth June 15, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I think a great rule of thumb is, "what would i want if i were in that situation?" -simply put, "do unto others....". We can probably all recount the times that we have needed someone and they were there AND the times that we needed someone and they weren't there. It is all about what matters to you at that time. I have always stopped. To me, it's worth it (never mind the fact that I might be able to offer some medical assistance). It is too bad that people seem to take the "can't be bothered" attitude, but unfortunately that's kind of where a lot of people are headed. They don't worry about anyone else but themselves. So, if someone does ever stop to help you in a time of need, just make sure you thank them. As we can all see, it's more the exception than the rule these days.
Beth June 15, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Has that sacrifice happened to you? Like I say below, it's all what matters to you at the time. Until we are in that situation, no one knows what they'd do.
tamarya June 15, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Unfortunately for accidents with no witness testimonies it could as much hold the wrong person liable for the crash, because all they can do is guess how it occurred by vehicle postions and where damage occurred. I agree with beth, even though I had to go through accident claims with no witnesses, I would still stop if I was a witness.
P Feninez June 15, 2012 at 03:29 AM
ALWAYS CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY AND STAY AT THE SCENE. One day it could be YOU that needs help.
Theresa Ernst June 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
P.Feninez, you have a heart of gold. You would stop for a sunk:) Yes, you would try to help asmuch as you could. You are an angel on the ground. Theresa
Jenn F June 15, 2012 at 02:04 PM
This is preaching to the choir, but offering testimony as a witness is critical. A few years ago I witnessed an accident that involved a college-age driver who sideswiped a car driven by an older man. I stopped as did another woman, We checked on both drivers to make sure no one was injured, and then stuck around until a police officer arrived. He took our names and contact info and let us leave. A few months later, we were asked to appear as witnesses at a hearing because the young driver was claiming that the other driver drove into her. That was absolutely not the case and we (as witnesses) were able to provide that testimony. It is so sad that so few people feel the need to help out a fellow human being, and it is shocking that at that terrible accident on Lower Macungie Rd. the other day that so many people turned the other way.
jennifer June 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
,My condolences to Brandi's friends & family. I was in her situation 9 years ago, but because of a fast-acting bystander, the EMS were able to get me out of the crushed car 45 minutes later before I bled to death in my seat. I was lost a couple of times that night, but miraculously lived, and years later did not feel like Humpty Dumpty any more. The bystander called 911, knew enough not to touch me, and he removed the 3 kids in my back seat so they would calm down (we were laying on our side). IT MAY BE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE ONE DAY. PLEASE STOP & HELP !!! God Bless Brandi.
Mat June 16, 2012 at 02:43 AM
This is the basis of all that is wrong with the world today. The fact that people see court precedings and lost time over the potential loss of life is appalling to me. It's people like this that have shaped the world we are in today. Maybe if these people would just grow some......... and face things head on we could be living in a different world. So sad folks are so spineless these days. My best to Brandi's family and friends.
tamarya June 16, 2012 at 03:21 AM
You know what really is irritating about people not wanting to get involved when someone is in need of their life being safed. They do not want to get involved because of court procedings and the other excuses they use, but yet when parents discipline their children, most people have no problem getting involved and filing reports and speaking with children and youth. Guess being nosey is worth taking the time, but people that are injured they are not worth the time.
Mom of DnNnD June 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Mat, thank you for your honest comment, and you are so right. Never once have I ever thought about what would happen to me if I stopped to help someone. I don't think I could ever be so self-centered.
Nancy O'Keefe June 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
It's a pity that, "Would You Have Helped at Fatal Crash" is even a question.
Mariella Savidge June 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
That's very true, Nancy. Yet somehow comforting to know, don't you think?
Jessica June 22, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am a friend of Brandi and Mike's. It took me a while to bring myself to read these articles. I thank you all for the well wishes during this tragic time. Her daughter Ciera has been released with quite a few broken bones but her son remains hospitalized with head trauma, it'll be a long recovery. Please keep them all on your prayer list. Thank you to the witness who stuck around God bless.
Mariella Savidge June 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Jessica, Thank you so much for your comment. I'm so sorry for your loss. Glad to know Ciera is mending and so sorry to hear about Brandi's son. ~Mariella

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