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Quick response helps save life of crashed biker

SoVaNow.com / June 07, 2021


The intervention of an anonymous onlooker is credited with helping to save the life of a man who crashed his motorcycle in South Boston Friday afternoon.

South Boston firefighters, SBPD officers and Halifax County Rescue Squad personnel arrived on the scene of the Friday afternoon crash and called in a med-flight helicopter to airlift Corey Dorsett Williams, 35, to Duke Medical Trauma Center. The crash took place on Watkins Avenue between Poplar Creek and McKinney Street at 4:35 p.m.

A man who witnessed the accident most likely saved the motorcyclist’s life.

“I saw him hit the pole and then hit the ground. I told my wife to stop the car and I ran to help him,” said the man, who asked to remain anonymous.

SBPD Sgt. Mitch Bowen and two other officers thanked the onlooker for his help and said he took steps immediately to make sure the motorcyclist could breathe.

“When we arrived, the man had turned Williams onto his side to open his airway. He did the right thing,” said Bowen.

Bowen said the witness told him he has a family member who is an Emergency Medical Technician and that’s how he knew to turn the man on his side so that his lungs did not fill up with blood.

Bowen said Friday it was unknown if Williams had struck a utility pole on his bike, but there were rut marks in the grass in front of the pole. Bowen did not think speed was a factor in the crash because there were no skid marks on the pavement.

“Most likely, he squeezed the hand brakes causing the bike to flip end over end,” said Sgt. Bowen.

Williams was not wearing a helmet and may have landed face-first after being thrown from his motorcycle. The bike landed about ten feet from the driver and facing the opposite direction in the street.

Williams was heading South on Watkins Avenue between Poplar Creek and McKinney Street when the crash occurred. He suffered from serious head trauma, according to emergency personnel at the scene. The investigation is still open, but the SBPD does not plan to issue any charges.

“The driver has suffered enough and no one else was involved. We will not press charges,” said Bowen.

Bowen reiterated his appreciation for the onlooker, calling him an example of how “humans are good and they really help when looking out for each other,” said Bowen.

Williams’ condition on Sunday was unknown. Bowen said the SBPD had not heard from Duke, which would be the case if the crash caused a fatality.



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