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Woman passes out while driving and Good Samaritans take action
Surveillance footage captured the moment a group of Good Samaritans rushed in to help a woman who was unconscious behind the wheel.
Irene Markianou
06.23.22

Everyone must be careful while driving, but there are some rare cases in which the driver who might cause an accident can’t be actually blamed.

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In other words, a driver can suffer a medical episode while driving and, if there is nobody else around, this can lead to a severe accident and it can even lead to life losses out of nowhere.

This could have been the case a few weeks ago, when a woman driving in Florida passed out while she was driving her car. This meant that her car kept moving, while she had no control of it.

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Luckily, she was not on a highway running fast, but she had previously stopped because of a red signal right, and at the point when she passed out she was just about to go again.

Her car started moving, but was headed in the wrong direction and that’s when it became clear that something was very wrong with this car.

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YouTube - WKMG New 6 ClickOrlando

A woman in a car nearby was the first one to notice and to actually decide to do something about it.

She jumped out of her car, and she followed the car that was running the risk of getting hit by other cars that were coming from another side of the crossroad.

The woman kept banging on the car’s window trying to wake the driver up, but in vain. That’s when she started waving at other drivers around asking for help.

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YouTube - WKMG New 6 ClickOrlando

Soon, more and more people gathered around the problematic car, trying to stop it.

When they managed to do so, they started trying to break one of the windows. When they realized that they couldn’t do it using their arms, they looked for a tool to use and, when they did, a man broke one of the windows at the back and tried to go in to unlock the doors.

When he managed to do so, all the Good Samaritans around tried to help the woman, they called 911, while at the same time they tried to make sure the car was not in the middle of the road.

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The woman, who was later identified as Laurie Rabyor, a Florida seamstress, woke up in the hospital the next day and she couldn’t believe how lucky she was that those people had just saved her life.

Rabyor and her rescuers were reunited the week after the incident by the police department, and they were each offered a free Caribbean cruise along with a $2,000 gift card.

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The woman was really lucky to not have caused an accident by being unconscious behind the wheel and the people that saved her life- and, potentially, several others’ lives- are her heroes.

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One of the Good Samaritans actually told journalists that something like that can happen to anyone, and that we should all try to help each other.

Well, definitely this story restores faith in humanity.

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Watch the surveillance video below.

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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