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Good samaritan at Pittsford crash
Pittsford, N.Y.-- A fatal accident in Pittsford early Monday morning awoke several families, including a nurse who lives across the road from the crash scene.
"I just heard this loud bang, and so I came outside," said Joyce Kosters. "We saw nothing. All we saw were the mailbox pieces in the road."
Joyce and her husband Joe were used to mailbox hit-and-runs. For a moment they were convinced this was just another case of kids smashing a mailbox and taking off. But another neighbor insisted the car must be somewhere nearby in the darkness; the sound of the crash was too loud to have been a simple mailbox collision.
As the searched in the darkness, the Kosters found something much worse than their initial suspicions allowed. They saw the car, described by one neighbor as an Eagle Talon, wrapped around a pine tree. Their son Jared called 911 while Joyce followed her training. As a nurse, she could see that the driver of the car was trapped. Trying to pull him out would only jeopardize his condition further. Several other neighbors gathered around, but Joyce made it clear that the driver, Michael Weber, was still alive and needed professional medical attention.
"I just yelled for everybody to leave him where he was and not move him," Joyce explained.
"It's very upsetting," said Joe Kosters. "You feel powerless. You want to do something -- everybody wants to do something, but you know you cannot move the person. Joyce, my wife, being a nurse, kind of pushed everybody away and said, 'Just wait until everybody gets here.'"
That decision might have helped save Michael Weber's life. They knew there was nothing they could do for his passenger, Joel Ajavon.
"I held his hand and tried to feel for a pulse, and it was just obvious that he must have died instantly," Joe said.
As the hours wore on, Joyce went from acting as a nurse to a mother, thinking of her own children -- and hoping everyone learns from this.
"It breaks my heart because I have two sons, and I can't imagine that knock on the door," Joyce said. "It's awful."
Joe added, "You just pray your kids are responsible and they don't do crazy things, or that they get lucky when they do. In this case, that didn't happen."