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Woman thanks good samaritan for saving her life

by Ray Preston

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 14 at 10:31 PM

We received an email here at News 4 from a viewer.  I'll let you read it for yourself...


My name is Laurie Harp. I would like to share a story with you. On April 27th around 6 p.m. I was driving on highway 270 going home after a visitation in South County. I remember driving under the Olive overpass. I knew I wanted to take the Page Extension home to Saint Charles. I turned my signal on to move to the slow lane. I changed lanes and waved to thank the person behind me that let me over. I remember seeing flashing lights ahead at an accident. The next thing I remember is waking up in an ambulance. What I have learned since then is something I believe deserves to be heard. Apparently, traffic started opening up but I started slowing down. I have been told my car started veering into the next lane. The young lady behind me decided to change lanes. When she moved next to me she looked over and saw I was shaking and it was getting worse and then uncontrollable. We have since learned I was having a seizure. She said my car was going the perfect speed and at the perfect angle she was able to use her car to steer my car across four lanes of traffic to the median. She said we were going five miles an hour while all of the traffic around us was going 70 mph. Once my car hit the median it stopped and she was able to come up and put my car in park and she sat there with me holding my hand until help arrived. She saved my life. She is my guardian angel. My daughter and I are meeting her for dinner tomorrow night. I finally get to meet her and thank her for what she has done for me. I hear the Carrie Underwood song, "Jesus Take The Wheel" and I completely understand. We hear so many horrible stories in the news these days, I think we need more stories about the wonderful people out there.

Thank you,

Laurie A Harp


Tonight we interviewed Harp and Dannielle Graham, the young lady who was the Good Samaritan who helped Harp.  This was the first time the two have met face-to-face.  Graham is 20 years old.  Harp asked how many 20-year-olds would have their wits about them to something like this? She says there is now a bond between the two of them for life.