They were 'angels': Passenger in I-96 crash thanks Good Samaritans
(WJBK) - We're learning more about the horrific I-96 crash that has claimed the life of a Good Samaritan. Two teens are still in the hospital with critical injuries.
While speaking about the death of his dear friend Dr. Cynthia Ray, Dr. Michael Eichenhorn confirmed that a teen driver who struck the Good Samaritans alongside an I-96 crash was not intoxicated when the accident happened.
Dr. Ray was one of the passersby who stopped to help after seeing a flipped Jeep on I-96 on Sunday. A driver in another car, 17-year-old Sean English, also stopped to help when suddenly they were both hit by another driver. Authorities first believed that driver may have been intoxicated, but the cause has since just been determined to be a terrible, tragic accident.
English is still in the hospital, but Dr. Ray never regained consciousness and died Wednesday.
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"We were just sliding. It felt like a dream at first," Demarrio Posey tells us. He was sleeping in the back seat of the Jeep that somehow lost control, struck the median and flipped on I-96 east near the Davison - starting the chain reaction crash. Posey and his five other teen cousins were on their way home at the time.
"I really appreciate [Dr. Ray and Sean English] for doing that. They didn't have to get out the car to do that; they weren't obligated to do that," Posey says. "They were just angels sent from above helping us."
But then - tragedy struck again. Seventeen-year-old Keith Martin, who doctors confirm had not been drinking, lost control of his car and struck Dr. Ray and English as they were assisting Posey and his cousins. English was severely injured and part of his foot has been amputated.
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"We visited Sean to see how he was doing," Posey says. "We talked to his dad; his dad is appreciative of us. He told us it is not our fault what happened to him, because he said Sean is always a helpful person who always goes out of his way to help people. I can see, because he didn't have to help us."
But Dr. Ray's injuries were too severe. She passed away Wednesday night with her family by her side.
"We were actually going to go yesterday and then when we found out she was pronounced dead, that just hurt us," Posey says. "We really wanted to go see her, to give her our thanks."
Their hearts go out to her family. Knowing English has a long road ahead, Demarrio and his cousins want to help. They will be hosting a fundraiser April 19 at Dearborn's Buffalo Wild Wings. Twenty percent of the proceeds from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. will go to English's recovery costs.
"They didn't have to do that," Posey says. "They could have been like everyone else and kept going - but they didn't keep going. There is a reason why God delivered us those angels."
The driver of the car that struck them, Keith Martin, was also severely injured and is still in intensive care.
Posey said his 19-year-old cousin who was driving the Jeep has short-term memory loss and can't say what led to the accident, but that alcohol was not involved.