Teens assist crash victims on their way to prom
DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A group of South Florida teens on their way to prom rushed to aid the victims of a rollover wreck on Saturday night.
According to published reports, the crash happened Saturday on Interstate 595 eastbound near Hiatus Road. A van rolled over and landed on its side, trapping five adults and two children inside.
The group of 20 Western High school students, dressed in suits and prom dresses, were riding in a Cadillac Escalade limousine on their way to prom at the Westin Hotel, when the limo driver saw the van swerving.
The van flipped, Danny Izzi stopped the limousine and the group of high school seniors, including Peter Kim, Ashely Wolf, and Sophmore Krista Pulcini, all ran to help the victims.
Wolf said, "We were all in the limo, we were dancing, having a good time, excited to go to prom, and all of sudden the bus slams on its brakes. I was the first one to say, 'Call 911.' So, I called 911. I was calm."
Kim said, "I opened up the trunk and the first person I saw was the 11-year-old or 12-year-old boy. I grabbed him and I set him down and told him everything was going to be all right."
Wolf added, "I was just trying to keep him calm, so he didn't panic, and he was just standing there. He wasn't answering. He was just so shocked."
Kim pulled groceries out of the van to get to a woman and a 2-year-old. "She was laying there, and it got to me a little bit because she wasn't moving at all, and I saw her baby girl just laying there, and I went to reach for her, and that's when she turned around and said, 'Take my baby, take my baby. Take her, save her,'" said Kim.
Frank Tucker, who also helped the victims said, "I started hearing, 'My baby! Help my baby!' So, I said, 'OK, don't worry. I got you, I got you.' I'm going in there, and I'm looking for the baby, and I see the baby underneath in the van, so I got some kids, 'Hey, help me out, push the van up,' and we pushed the van and pulled the baby out, and then we started pulling the mother out from the back of the truck."
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Honda Odyssey tried to avoid traffic and veered to the left, struck the concrete barrier and flipped on its side.
Five adults and two children, a 9-year-old and a 2-year-old, were all in the van and taken to area hospitals.
The driver of the van was taken into custody for failure to use care and a child restraint violation because the 2-year-old was not in a car seat.
The students are trained for emergency and crisis situations, as they are part of the heath occupations program at their school, and they put their skills into action.
While they made it to the prom a little shaken up, they said they had a good time and had a prom night to remember.
Wolf said, "Once we knew they were OK and we had all made it, we were just happy to know we were all alive, and we enjoyed that night."
All seven of the passengers in the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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