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08 August 2013
Good Samaritan helps accident victims in the Town of Boston
Major Michael J. Cerretto
Troop A Commander

         On 08/08/13 SP Boston troopers responded to a personal injury rollover accident on Back Creek Road near the Boston Elementary School in the Town of Boston. Upon arriving at the scene the responding trooper observed an overturned open top Jeep at rest on a roadside guiderail. The occupants of the Jeep were outside the vehicle.
The investigation revealed the driver of the Jeep, Ryan C. Courteau age 17, lost control of the Jeep when he drove off the paved portion of the road and onto the unpaved shoulder then overcorrected when trying to get back on the road which caused the Jeep to overturn. When the Jeep overturned the rear driver’s side passenger, a 16 year old male, suffered a severe arm laceration with arterial bleeding, a potential life threatening injury. The trooper noted that the 16 year old male had a tourniquet applied to his arm. Interviews of the occupants revealed an unknown passerby/Good Samaritan had stopped at the scene, saw the arm laceration and blood loss then applied the tourniquet to control the bleeding. The Good Samaritan then left the scene without being identified. The 16 year old also sustained a fractured left wrist and was flown from the scene by Mercy Flight to ECMC due to the severe blood loss. The 16 year old was listed in fair condition.
The driver of the car suffered a hand injury and was transported to Women’s and Children’s Hospital for treatment. Two other passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the accident, ages 17 and 18. The 17 year old sustained a minor leg abrasion and was not transported. The 18 year old was uninjured.
All were properly restrained in the vehicle. No charges to be filed.


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