Photo/Story Gallery 2003

Trooper Helps Turnpike Crash Victim

Trooper BassettOn January 28, 2002, while on routine patrol, Trooper Conya Bassett arrived at the scene of a traffic crash. In just minutes, she and two motorists would help save the life of the man who crashed his car into the back of a bloodmobile bus on Florida’s Turnpike. Apparently, the bus driver had just pulled the bus over into a southbound lane after it had stalled. Minutes later, the driver of a Nissan collided into the bus.

Nobody on the bus was injured, but the driver of the Nissan was barely alive when Trooper Bassett, a nurse, and another motorist came to his aid. According to Lt. Pat Santangelo, Troop K Public Affairs Officer, Trooper Bassett found the equipment to provide an artificial airway for the victim in her first-aid kit. One man held the victim’s head, while the nurse inserted the device into the victim’s throat so he could breathe.

According to Lt. Santangelo, “Those three individuals kept the man alive. They gave him a chance to survive.” The driver was pinned inside his car’s wreckage for 40 minutes before being airlifted to Delray Medical Center in critical condition.