Samaritans push rolled over car off driver

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A trio of wakeboarders pushed this mangled car off the driver after she crashed on a rocky beach near Purdy, Wash. on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.


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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:53 PM

Video: Group of young men saves woman trapped in car

PURDY, Wash. - A group of friends on a wakeboarding trip saved the life of a Gig Harbor woman who was trapped under her rolled over car by pushing the car off of her.

The friends saw the BMW roll down an embankment at the Purdy Spit Tuesday afternoon.

"The way the door was mangled on her, we thought she was dead," said Scott Carlson, 21.

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Sheryl Verinsky, who had lost control of her car on Highway 302, was unconscious and bleeding. The men ran down to find her trapped between her car and the rocky beach.

"He's looking at her saying, 'Just hold on. Just hold on. We almost got you. We almost got you.' And like, as he's saying that, boom, it became real. This woman's life is literally in our hands. Seconds matter right now," said Matt Hornung, 19.

The three men were able to roll the car back over and, more importantly, off the driver. The real paramedics arrived minutes later.

Troopers say, had the men not helped, the woman would have suffered major brain damage at the very least. But it's more likely she would have died.

The men are glad they helped and would do it again, but they aren't comfortable being called heroes.

"If we didn't do something, I don't know how we would have lived with ourselves afterwards," said Chet Abbott, 20.

"I don't believe we're heroes. I just think we're three dudes, three regular guys, just in the right place at the right time. I believe God put us there for a reason so we could help her out and we did," said Hornung.

All three men, from Port Orchard, say they couldn't have done it if only two of them were there. It just so happens that one of them decided to tag along at the last minute.

Verinsky, 46, is in serious condition at Tacoma General Hospital. She apparently doesn't remember what happened, but when she was told what the men did, she was very grateful. She hopes to meet them to thank them in person.