Woman recounts saving motorcyclist’s life on highway

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A 30-year-old man is recovering in the hospital three days after he crashed his motorcycle on a local highway.

Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with a woman who stopped to help him when so many others just kept going.

Kylee Lafleur, 20, had never been in a car accident before and her first crash will be one she’ll never forget.

“She says to me, ‘Oh, there’s a body,’ but in my mind I’m like, ‘Oh… body, what?’ In my mind I didn’t really process it,” Lafleur said.

Lafleur says she was driving with her friend on Route 146 in Lincoln when she noticed a man lying on the highway. They swerved to avoid hitting him and crashed into his motorcycle that was in the middle of the road.

“I think the bike may have gone under the car because it blew out the whole side, so we spun and then we crashed into the median,” Lafleur said.

When they got out of the car, Lafleur wasn’t sure if the man was alive.

“Even though it sounds bad, like his scream was reassuring. He told us he had been run over like two or three times,” Lafleur said.

The women immediately called 911. The man told Lafleur he had crashed his motorcycle and was lying on the ground alone for at least twenty minutes.  He said people drove by, but no one stopped to help.

“He probably could have died,” Lafleur said.

Even after first responders arrived, Lafleur stayed with the victim.

“He was holding my hand and he couldn’t breathe, so I was helping him take his helmet off so he could breathe better, so he listened to me and he was looking at me,” Lafleur said.

Now, Lafleur is sharing her story in the hopes it encourages others not to be bystanders and to take action and help if someone is in need.

“I understand that it’s scary and of course you’re gonna be traumatized seeing it, but you could be saving someone’s life over there, you could be the one person that gets them the help that they need.  Try to think of them as your friend or family,” Lafleur said.

Lafleur says the victim is still in the hospital and will be there for a while longer. She said he’s doing much better.

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