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Woman tries to help in fatal Ridge Road accident
Greece, N.Y. - In the seconds that followed the fatal crash on W. Ridge Road Friday, one woman said without thought, she just reacted and ran over to help.
"I wish I could have done something more to help him, I wish..." Lori Canny trailed off and she began to cry. Hours earlier, she was with Andrew Tarwacki, the man from Holley who died in the crash--she held him during his final moments.
"I just hope that his family has some comfort knowing that he was not alone, I hope he could hear me," Canny said.
Just before 1:30 p.m. Canny was having coffee with a friend when she heard the crash-- she didn't see what happened, all she needed to know is that someone needed help.
Trained in first aid, Canny ran to the scene where a red Chevrolet Avalanche collided into a garbage truck.
The driver of the red pickup was pinned behind the wheel, the door smashed shut-- so Canny broke out the driver's side window to get in.
"I was able to feel for a pulse for him and then touch his sides and try to comfort him, patting him on the back," said Canny.
The man was still breathing but Canny said she could tell he had suffered serious injuries.
"He had had trauma, I could tell that and that's why I knew, I didn't have a feeling that he was going to be able to survive his injuries," Canny said.
Canny felt hopeless, so she did the only thing she could--comfort the man. She got emotional as she recalled what she told him, "Hang in there buddy, help is on the way. Please, you know, we're with you--just hang in there; hold in there, help is on the way."
It only took a few minutes, but by the time emergency crews arrived, Canny said it was too late-- the man's breathing and pulse had stopped.
A stranger to Canny, the driver died with her arms wrapped around him-- she still doesn't know his name, but she wants his family to know that he did not die alone. Canny said, "I would hope that if it was my family members there'd be someone there, a stranger a passerby, that would be there as well to comfort."
Greece Police notified the victim's family Friday evening.