KKTV 11 News reported that the girls were being driven to school by Michael Bobian, 35, the father of one of the girls and stepfather of the other two. As they exited Highway 115, the news station reported, Bobian allegedly did not stop his black Honda Civic and continued onto Lake Avenue.
None of the girls were wearing seatbelts, and when a silver Toyota Avalon hit the Civic on its right side, the impact threw the girls from the car. The 11-year-old girl was thrown 30 feet, and the 15-year-old was thrown into the bushes. Their sister, age 16, was pinned under the front bumper.
When the collision occurred, two soldiers were driving by and stopped to help, reported KKTV 11 News.
“The first thing I had to do was my scene size up, got the lay of the land, see what I was actually trying to work with here,” PFC Logan Cameron, an Army paramedic, told Colorado news outlet KOAA.
While they waited for emergency personnel to arrive, the soldiers took out the medical kit they kept in their vehicle and began administering first aid.
Cameron’s colleague, SSgt. Shane Corely, told KOAA that both his military training and his parental instincts kicked in when he saw the crash. “The first thing going through your mind [is] your own kids,” Corely said. “I don’t think I did anything anybody else wouldn’t have.”
Though the girls were seriously injured, “they were awake, they were conscious, they were able to respond to my commands,” Cameron told KKTV 11 News. “I was trying to get them to calm down, take deep breaths.”
Less than two minutes later, the ambulance arrived. The girls were transported to the hospital in critical condition, although KKTV 11 News reported that two of the girls had been upgraded to fair condition after treatment for their injuries began.
The family of the crash victims is grateful for the help of these local heroes. Still, the girls have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and medical bills can add up quickly. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an auto accident in Southern Colorado, call the lawyers at Heuser & Heuser to ensure your insurance company gives you the help you need.
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