Good Samaritans help driver having heart attack

A crowd of passing motorists joined forces to help a driver suffering a heart attack Tuesday morning.

The middle-aged man was turning left from West Clearwater Avenue onto Steptoe Street about 7:30 a.m. when he lost control of his SUV and smashed into a pole, said Kennewick Officer Cory McGee.

Three passersby were with the driver when Stephanie Williams, a Kadlec admissions care specialist, was driving by. “He didn’t have a pulse, so the four of us lifted him out and I started compressions,” she said.

Another Kadlec employee stopped and helped the others perform CPR.

That’s when Dr. Matthew Carlson showed up. The doctor was on his way to Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston when he stopped to see if he could help.

Together they worked on keeping the driver alive until emergency crews could get him to the emergency room at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

“The system totally worked,” Carlson said. “Somebody recognized the need for CPR and started ... Everything worked the way it was supposed to.”

Williams said she has trained to use CPR for about 28 years, but never had a reason to use it.

“I was quite impressed with the number of people that stopped and helped out,” she said. “There were a lot of Good Samaritans at work this morning.”

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert