• Cocoa police: Quick action by good Samaritans saves crash victim's life


    COCOA, Fla. - Quick action by two good Samaritan's saved the life of a crash victim Friday, according to Cocoa police.

    Police said the 70-year-old woman was seen driving erratically on Michigan Avenue in Cocoa late Friday morning.

    According to police, the woman's car struck several vehicles and a sign on Michigan Avenue before turning onto Range Road and striking another vehicle.

    "(She was) going about 90 mph, going in the wrong lane," said driver Terry Duda. "I was a sitting duck, so they rammed me broadside."

    Duda's van went into the water and she suffered minor injuries.

    Mark Bryant said he spotted the woman driving the wrong way down Michigan Road.

    "I called 911 and said, 'There is going to be a wreck. There is going to be a wreck,'" Bryant said.

    Police said after hitting Duda's vehicle, the woman's car then began spinning and turned upside down in a water-filled ditch.

    "One minute later she hits, the car is upside down in the ditch," said Bryant.

    Bryant said he jumped into the water.

    "When I got in the car she was upside down, with her head in the water," said Bryant.

    Bryant said he couldn't get the woman out of her vehicle, but he was able to move her head so she could breathe.

    Police said a second witness and two police officers jumped into the ditch and worked to get the woman out of her vehicle.

    Police said the woman was transported to Wuesthoff Hospital. They did not release her condition.

    According to police, the woman suffered a medical condition that caused her to begin driving erratically.

    Police and rescue workers credited Bryant and another witness with saving the woman by holding her head out of the water.

    "I was just in the right place, I guess," said Bryant.

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