Three of my friends and I were the first car stopped at a red light and witnessed a car traveling, cross traffic, at approximately 25mph, squarely hit a pedestrian in the cross walk. I rushed into the intersection and got age, general condition, and medical conditions to relay to my friend on the phone with 911. Remarkably the 46 year old male who was hit was conscious the whole time, only showed minor abrasions on his head, but was complaining of very bad pain to his core. He kept moving his head about way too much. I tried to keep him still, talking, and offered my jacket as a headrest/pillow because of his awkward neck position on his side.
As expected our wonderful emergency services showed up, locked down the intersection, removed the injured man on a backboard, and got our statements.
San Jose Fire, EMT, and Police you guys just flat out rock.
Lessons for next time:
- When you get a funny answer back from someone who just experienced trama there is no need to try and rationalize it much. I did fine in asking the question again later but my brain grappled with a first answer of age being 26, when clearly he was 30+, for too long. Know that people are going to be out of sorts and just talk through it like we did.
- I did pretty well with the set of questions. Could have asked about any meds he might be on for the one medical condition he did have. Could have also asked if he might have been drinking. Some evidence suggests that might have been a possibility.
- I should spend the $40 to become CPR certified and carry one of those little mouth shield things. Also a pair of latex gloves might not be a bad idea either. Should add that to an EDC system. These items were not needed in this instance but very easily could be.
I kind of half way wonder if it wasn’t a good thing we missed our turn and ended up at that intersection at that time. As a group, us 4 “silly-vilians”, did pretty all right prep for the emergency services.