(WJBK) - One man who survived a seizure and a car crash is looking to thank the Good Samaritan who pulled over and kept him holding on until help arrived.
"I want to thank them because they didn't have to do it. Even if they just slowed down their cars, if they were in the car calling 911, if they got out of the car, if they were standing on the wall talking to him, telling him to stay calm - I thank those people because I wasn't there to do it," said the man's wife, Angel.
It was a Wednesday afternoon on Nov. 29 when Deandre Hagar left the house to get baby formula for their 8 month old daughter Noel.
As he drove down eastbound I-96 near Livernois, Deandre began feeling faint, lightheaded, and couldn't focus. Going 70 mph, he tried to slow down and pull over in his blue Buick Lesabre when he slammed into the median wall.
His passenger door couldn't be opened up, stuck in the concrete wall. Deandre was having a seizure.
"They couldn't get in because my windows were up ... so somebody had to bust the window out, so when I woke up I saw the glass and I saw people standing over there talking through the windows and even on the other side too," he said.
Back home, Angel knew something was wrong. What should have been a half hour was taking all too long, so she called.
"He didn't answer. I called him again. I called him like four times before I called his sister and his sister hadn't heard from him, so I called him for about an hour and a half," she said.
Angel finally got a call from family - Deandre had blanked out and was in the hospital. That's how doctors found a mass on his brain through a spinal tap and countless scans and tests.
A week later, there's someone Deandre is looking for. After hitting the wall, several people stopped their cars, some walked across the busy interstate to be close to him, including a special woman.
"A woman with a skullcap. I don't really remember how she looked but I do remember one lady constantly saying 'stop, be calm,'" Deandre said.
Because of her encouraging words, he held on. Now it'll be a happier holiday for him, his wife, his daughter and their 4-year-old Kaiden - all thanks to a Good Samaritan.
"I just have to genuinely tell them thank you, give them a hug and possibly a kiss - just to say thank you," Deandre.
Angel echoed the feelings.
"I want to know who they are as well, personally, so I can thank them. Even if he wasn't here today, I would still thank them because they did do something. They didn't have to but they did and it means something to us," she said.